Tamworth Music Festival, Inc.
P.O. Box 3111
Staunton VA 24402
Mission Statement Staunton Music Festival’s mission is to offer exceptional chamber music performed by international caliber musicians at historic venues throughout Staunton in a way that is accessible to all. Concert programs are innovative and seek a balance between old and new music. SMF musicians include local, national, and international artists, many of whom are acclaimed for their knowledge of historical performance traditions. We believe in the power of live classical music to transform the region and all of its residents.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Jason Stell
Board Chair Mr Wilson Vellines
Board Chair Company Affiliation Board president
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 3111
Staunton, VA 24402
Telephone 540 569-0267
Fax 540 885-4127
E-mail stauntonmusicfestival@gmail.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $178,900.00
Projected Expenses $180,725.00
Statements
Mission Staunton Music Festival’s mission is to offer exceptional chamber music performed by international caliber musicians at historic venues throughout Staunton in a way that is accessible to all. Concert programs are innovative and seek a balance between old and new music. SMF musicians include local, national, and international artists, many of whom are acclaimed for their knowledge of historical performance traditions. We believe in the power of live classical music to transform the region and all of its residents.
Impact In 2014, the SMF increased audience size at nearly every event, with dramatic increases noted at our free noontime recitals.  We also conducted our fifth successful Writer's Ear Contest, in which local schoolkids write creative stories or poetry in response to classical music selections.  Lastly, we ended 2014 with a solid surplus and are in stable financial position going in 2015.  For the next year we have three major goals: (1) to finally pay our Artistic Director a modest salary, beginning at $5,000 and hopefully rising in 2016; (2) to increase private donations and grants by 10-15%; and (3) to market our events more broadly to bring increased awareness of both classical music in central Virginia and Staunton in particular.
Needs
1) funds to pay a modest $5,000 salary to Artistic Director, which currently is an unpaid position.
2) raise additional funds to begin building a reserve (SMF has managed to produce exceptional events heretofore with only an average of $2,000 reserve in bank at season's end--this must change)
3) finding younger, talented volunteers to help at musical events
4) explore opportunities to rent space for SMF offices as organization grows and begins to have paid part-time positions
5) begin general increase to artist fees to make them competitive with other world-class music festivals 
Background In early 1998 current artistic director Carsten Schmidt organized two chamber music concerts, pulling together several friends to make a weekend of music in Staunton, Virginia. From that modest beginning springs the Staunton Music Festival, recognized today as one of the region’s most innovative and accomplished chamber music organizations. That growth and longevity has been made possible by a committed, supportive local audience, who helped sustain SMF over the past 16 years. Isolated concerts developed into a six-event summer concert series. That model was further enhanced with support from the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, which made it possible for SMF to offer daily free noontime concerts beginning in 2009. In August 2015 SMF will present 20 concerts in 10 days.
CEO Statement We are extremely proud of our steady growth over the past 17 years.  As we enter our 18th season of offering classical music events, I believe we are poised to take the next step.  It is an exciting time to be involved, as we work hard to maintain the rich tradition of live classical concerts in downtown venues.  As a professional music historian, my goal as Executive Director is to always keep the focus where it belongs: music, music, music!  This is why we exist as a group and why we work so hard to bring these concerts together.  We are now in a position that we can offer numerous free concerts and even take our artists to senior centers, hospitals, correctional facilities, schools, etc.  Many folks come for the free pre-concert talks which precede almost every program we put on.  And while always looking for ways to collaborate and diversify--both in terms of structure and in programming--my goal, as stated, is to never lose sight of what makes SMF unique.  Our reputation has been made by virtue of creative, insightful and eclectic programs and repertory.  The SMF artists are carefully chosen for both their ability and their mindset: we cannot afford to pay the highest fees, but these world-class musicians come back year after year because they love the "vibe", the daring programs, the freedom to explore the music and create anew with different friends, the convenience of our wonderful downtown and the strong support we get from an appreciative audience.  Of course, we need to do more to sustain this project and with continued steady increases in private donations, plus an occasional corporate sponsorship, we feel we will achieve all we set out to do.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Shenandoah Valley
Statewide
Charlottesville-Albermarle
Most of the SMF's activities center on Staunton city (24401) and Augusta County.  However, we do bring audiences from all parts of the state, and have some of our largest donors in Richmond and Charlottesville.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Wilson Vellines
Company Affiliation Board president
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2017
Email wick@vgwplc.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Tom Cabe Board member
Mr. C. Richard Chittum Chittum Tree Farm
Dr. Gabriel Dobner Board member
Mr. Louis Dolive Producer
Dr. Richard Evans MDBoard member
Ms. Terry Grant Board member
Mr. Alexander Green Oxford Club
Mr. Robert W Masincup Board treasurer
Mrs. Grace Rice Board member
Dr Carsten Schmidt Artistic director
Ms. Louise Scott Board president
Mr. Eric Stamer Board member
Mr. Wilson "Wick" Vellines Board vice-president
Mrs. Rosalie Waterman Board secretary
Mr. Hugh Westfall Board member
Ms. Judith Wiegand volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 95
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 60
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Executive
Marketing
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Production
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Jason Stell
Experience Dr. Jason Stell received his Ph.D. in music from Princeton University in 2006.  He currently teaches music courses privately, writes program notes and gives frequent concert lectures for the Staunton Music Festival and other music groups in the Shenandoah Valley.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms Louise Scott Apr 2007 - Oct 2010
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 22
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2015
Programs
Description The main activities of the Staunton Music Festival center on producing a world-class chamber music festival in August.  During the Festival, we offer roughly 30 concerts, pre-concert lectures and outreach events to underserved residents.  About 5,200 people from all over the US attend SMF concerts in August and our internationally acclaimed performers come from Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Finland, Chicago, NYC, Boston, D.C. and more. 
Population Served Adults
Budget $184,000.00
Long Term Success Our main goal with Summer Sounds is to make it viable for the long term and to continue offering free and modestly-priced concerts.  We hope to increase our outreach events to area hospitals, prisons, senior centers and youth programs.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $178,900.00
Projected Expenses $180,725.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$141,590$113,227$105,567
Administration Expense$2,952$15,370--
Fundraising Expense$24,468$20,666--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.060.911.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%76%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue22%23%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$22,859$12,427$26,055
Current Assets$22,859$12,427$26,055
Long-Term Liabilities----$0
Current Liabilities----$0
Total Net Assets$22,859$12,427$26,055
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2015View