The Quest Center for Art & Community Development, Inc.
202 East Railroad Street
Dickson TN 37055-1820
Mission Statement
The mission of the Quest Center is to help build and strengthen community through music and music-related activities.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jim Lutz
Board Chair Mr. Jim Lutz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder & CEO
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $96,964.00
Projected Annual Revenue $97,670.00 (2017)
Mission The mission of the Quest Center is to help build and strengthen community through music and music-related activities.

Established in 2013, the Quest Center is a 501(c)(3) music education & resource center located in Dickson TN. We serve children & youth through grade 12, including individuals with special needs. We believe that all children deserve the opportunity to learn, play, create and derive the benefits of music education regardless of where they live, their financial resources or other factors. In an effort to overcome issues of distance, affordability and accessibility, the Quest Center conducts programs at locations throughout the community (including elementary, middle & alternative schools), offers financial subsidies & scholarships, provides free in-class use of instruments and offers a limited number of instruments for at-home use. No child is turned away for financial reasons.

The goals and objectives of our program include:
• make music education available and accessible to all students;
• eliminate barriers to participation, including financial subsidies, scholarships and free in-class and at-home use of instruments for qualified families;
• engage and integrate underserved students within the community;
• provide an affordable & creative environment where all skill levels can experience a continuum of music activities: learn to read & play music, improve existing skills, collaborative with other students, explore songwriting and performance, learn about technical, business & creative careers in music and make new friends who share a common interest;
• provide a positive and safe environment that helps children develop confidence, as well as creative, social & accountability skills, and instills the peripheral benefits of music education, building responsible and caring citizens who have a positive impact on their local communities;
• provide leadership, passion and student engagement that helps reduce boredom & risk behavior among youth, especially during non-school hours & summer months;
• involve youth in leadership roles, as teaching assistants and mentors;
• reinforce that character and relationships matter.
Our year-round program includes:
• Instrument instruction & music education programs for elementary, middle and high school students, inclusive of children with special needs.
• Extended education & community events: monthly student jams; workshops on creative, technical & business careers in music; music camps; local songwriter performances; charitable event support.
Participation: During 2016-2017, over 100 individuals participated in our weekly music programs (an increase from 3 weekly students in 2014). 
Retention rate: 88% (+/-3%).
Students receiving additional subsidies/scholarships (full or partial): >63%.
Key accomplishments over the last 12 months:
• expanded curriculum to include additional classes for intermediate guitar, beginner keyboards, voice conditioning and beginner fiddle;
• expanded relationship with the Dickson County Board of Education to include Secondary Ed;
• conducted extended education workshops featuring Charlie Worsham, Jay Jackson (Jason Aldean Band) and Grammy-nominated audio engineer Dave Salley;
• conducted 3-day Winter Music Camp, assisted by Jay Jackson (Jason Aldean Band);
• in partnership with the Dickson Housing Authority, conducted a 4-day summer music camp for approx. 25 students living in Housing Authority communities;
• through the generosity of the Gibson Foundation and others, expanded its ‘Instrument Home Loan & Care’ program from 3 instruments to 10. This program has proved successful with both educational advancement and student accountability. In 2016-17, we were also able to loan one violin;
• expanded its ‘Student Teaching Assistant' program to include students from Creek Wood and Hunters Lane High Schools, Dickson Middle School and students from the home-school community;
• FUNDING SUPPORT: The Quest Center successfully secured grants totaling $50,860, compared to $44,360 in 2016 and $22,000 in 2014. Fee income and private donations have also significantly increased over the last 12 months.
• OTHER IMPACT: In addition to the above metrics, and based on feedback from parents and partners, Quest Center students continue to demonstrate more confidence, focus, improved social skills and respect. We are helping our students develop into better people. This is incredibly inspirational for families, the community and for the future of our programs. These types of results make us very proud and confident in our mission, reinforcing that music education and all its peripheral benefits really matter.
We have pragmatically ambitious plans for the balance of the 2017 fiscal year, each dependent on bandwidth and funding:
• Increase student participation in fiddle, beginner keyboard and voice classes
• Target outreach to our under-served Latino community
• Increase our delivery capabilities by strengthening a network of trusted, vetted contract instructors consistent with the mission, values and goals of the Quest Center
• Hire 1 part-time employee (or composite) to assist with planning, delivery and operational complexities resulting from sustained growth
• Secure funding to reasonably compensate the resources required to meet Quest Center growth objectives
Our most immediate needs:
• Financial support to attract and reasonably compensate the talented, gifted resources required to meet Quest Center growth objectives, offset operational & program expenses disallowed by grants, and deliver sustainable, quality programming where program revenue is not sufficient or requires additional subsidy;
• 6 quality 3/4-body acoustic guitars;
• 2 quality electric keyboards;
• 2 quality fiddles: 1 full body, 1 student size;
• Access and introductions to a reliable & credible network of artists and industry executives willing to share their time, talent and network to participate in workshops & special events on a one-time, series or recurring basis;
• Fundraising support – grant writing, relationships and grass-roots campaigns;
• A network of trusted, vetted contract instructors with exceptional communication skills, after-school availability and a passion for children & music education; willingness to selflessly share that passion with children grades 4-12 at age and skill-appropriate levels, consistent with the mission, values and goals of the Quest Center;
• Social media expertise (marketing, engagement, measurement) to help expand and improve effectiveness of our digital footprint;
• WordPress expertise to help enhance and maintain our website.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Support and contributions come in many forms. Our current (and future) programs are only successful with the support and participation of many people & organizations. Please consider donations in the form of your time, talents or financial support. Our current needs include:
• Financial support. Unfortunately, it takes money to run the operation and compensate our gifted instructors. 84% of all Quest Center expenses are direct program delivery expenses; the remainder are minimal, standard business (7%) and fundraising expenses (9%). Every expenditure is scrutinized to ensure that 1) we responsibly serve the mission 2) we provide quality programming and value to our constituents, and 3) it is at or below fair market rate. Online donations are accepted through our Giving Matters profile page and on our website Click the DONATE button and follow the PayPal instructions. Or make checks payable to The Quest Center and mail to 202 East Railroad Street, Dickson, TN 37055. THANK YOU!
• A network of musicians, singers & songwriters to lead workshops and assist with periodic music camps (limited run or one-off)
• A network of artists for performances & fundraisers
• Social media (marketing, engagement, measurement) expertise to help expand and improve effectiveness of our digital footprint
• WordPress expertise to help enhance and maintain our website
• Educational tools, eg: internet service; tablets; 60” monitor; digital recording software licenses
• Passionate, talented volunteers. NOTE: talent is not limited to musical proficiency. If you’d like to get involved, let’s talk!
• Fundraising support – grant writing, relationships and grassroots fundraising
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Music
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development /
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Dickson
TN - Hickman
TN - Houston
TN - Humphreys
CEO Statement
Description Year-round, weekly instrument instruction for students grades 4-12.
Budget 60000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Year-round, weekly & monthly after-school programs for students to come together in a safe, positive environment to collaborate, experience creative culture, write music, develop/improve their group playing & performance skills and enjoy making music together in a curated, relaxed setting. Helps increase the confidence that comes from playing with and for others.
Budget 6000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Description Year-round, weekly music-themed programs servicing special needs children, young adults and adults. In partnership with the Arc Dickson County, Developmental Services of Dickson County and LEAPS.
Budget 12000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, K-12 (5-19 years), Adults
Description Periodic music camps and workshops on creative, technical & business aspects of music, offering info & insights on creative techniques, audio engineering & evolving business models.
Budget 10000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adults,
CEO Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jim Lutz
Company Affiliation Founder & CEO
Term Jan 2013 to Jan 2019
Board Members
Ms. Dara Carson Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Bradford Diehl Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Jim Lutz Founder & CEOVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 66%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Youth Board Members
Additional Boards: Youth Board Members
Additional Board Members
Mr. Tim DuBois Music executive & educator
Mr. Taylor Eagleson Student, Creek Wood High School
Mr. Bernie Nelson Singer/Songwriter
Mr. Jonah Rabinowitz W.O. Smith Music School
Dr. Drew Williams Educator; musician
Mr. Charlie Worsham Singer/Songwriter - Warner Music Nashville
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jim Lutz
Term Start Jan 2013
Jim has over 30 years experience in business leadership & individual contributor roles, 20+ with P&L accountability. He's supported diverse industries including music, sports, financial services & social services. Jim began teaching music in mid-1970's, providing programs for at-risk youth in a residential treatment setting. Since then, he's led emerging & successful organizations to their next levels of growth. As a member of the of echomusic executive team between 2006-2009, his client roster of over 300 entertainers included: Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Pharrell Williams, Dierks Bentley, Diddy, Brooks & Dunn, Janet Jackson, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Rascal Flatts, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley and corporate clients such as Clorox Corporation, Disney, Sony Music, RIM, General Motors, Vee Corp and the Professional Bull Riders. Jim’s demonstrated successful performance in organizations ranging from start-up to $4 billion in revenue.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 12
Contractors 10
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Under Development
Outstanding Community ServiceDevelopmental Services of Dickson County2014
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $97,670.00
Projected Expenses $96,964.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$67,234$32,632$0
Administration Expense$8,812$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.581.65--
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$74,580$31,566$0
Current Assets$74,580$31,566$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$196$1,547$0
Total Net Assets$74,384$30,019$0
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities380.5120.40--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $75,000Contributions, Gifts and Grants $47,913 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $33,336Program Revenue $5,981 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $12,075 -- --
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018 Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from Form 990.
Form 990 was prepared internally by the nonprofit.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 6/19/17.
Nonprofit The Quest Center for Art & Community Development, Inc.
Address 202 East Railroad Street
Dickson, TN 37055 1820
Primary Phone (615) 326-5090
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jim Lutz
Board Chair Mr. Jim Lutz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder & CEO
Year of Incorporation 2013