Send Us Over the Rainbow

During the summer of 2013, a group of men gathered around the idea of creating a new all male choral ensemble. From meetings around dining room tables, Steel City Men’s Chorus (SCMC) was born. From our first rehearsal in August 2013, until our first performance on December 6, 2013, some 35 men and their supporters worked in a whirlwind to create and incorporate a new non-profit and produce a show. Now with three successful seasons having been completed, SCMC has proven its ability to live up to its mission and vision while continually looking for ways to grow and improve.

SCMC’s third season was transformative. The Board’s theme was “From Start-up to Sustainability” but our over-arching mission remained the same: To present quality musical entertainment to diverse audiences, promote a positive image within and beyond the LGBTQ community, and to educate and support those we serve. In addition to our performances, we continually seek to be a contributing member of our community through volunteer outreach.

SCMC ended the 2015-2016 fiscal year with a cash position of $5,480, a 49% increase over our cash position at the end of the 2014-2015 fiscal year. It is worth noting that year after year, SCMC Board members and chorus members have consistently provided better than 50% of the organization’s contributed revenue. In season three the Board implemented a $500 Board “give/get” policy requiring all Board members to give or solicit a minimum of $500 each fiscal year. The Board contributed or solicited over $16,000 the 2015-2016 fiscal year and SCMC increased contributed revenue by over 100% or more than $26,000 over the prior fiscal year. The Board and chorus successfully met the third season goal of generating sufficient revenue to fund SCMC’s participation in the 2016 Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) Festival held in July in Denver, Colorado. These points serve as testament to the Board, Chorus membership, and community’s support of our young organization.

SCMC leadership has proven its ability to produce quality entertainment that opens hearts and minds. Nothing speaks to SCMC’s long-term prospects of success more than the effectiveness of our shows to communicate our mission to the public, drive member recruitment and retention, and produce the necessary revenue to make our efforts sustainable over the long term. During our third season we:

  • expanded our base of supporters and sponsors;
  • successfully held our first fund raising campaign;
  • grew chorus membership;
  • and grew our total audience

Our success was made possible by our generous supporters, including our season two and three Presenting Sponsor, Jeffery Klinner. The Board of SCMC would like to express its sincere appreciation for Jeffery’s support and the support of all who have contributed to our continued success.

Steel City Men’s Chorus is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Donations to Steel City Men’s Chorus are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

 

Steel City Men’s Chorus
Aug 1, 2013 – Jul 31, 2016

SEASON 1
Aug 1, 2013 –
Jul 31, 2014
SEASON 2
Aug 1, 2014 –
Jul 31, 2015
SEASON 3
Aug 1, 2015 –
Jul 31, 2016

Revenues and support:
 
Tickets Sales and other earned revenue(1)
$15,985
$30,204
$20,265
Donated revenue and dues:
 
Board and Chorus
14,633
13,660
27,065
Others
5,249
11,003
24,199
TOTAL Donated revenue and dues
19,882
24,663
51,264

TOTAL Revenues
35,867
54,867
71,529

 
Expenses:
 
Performance costs(1)
20,977
38,992
24,218
GALA Festival 2016
25,945
Fundraising costs
2,714
Professional services(2)
4,750
12,000
6,700
Salaries and benefits(2)
2,627
Other expenses
4,326
5,306
6,008

TOTAL Expenses
30,053
56,298
68,212

Change in net assets
5,814
(1,431)
3,317
Net assets at end of period (unrestricted)
5,814
4,383
7,700
Net assets at end of period (restricted)
250
350

Net assets at end of period
5,814
4,633
8,050

(1)SCMC held two primary performances in Season 1, three in Season 2, and two in Season 3.
(2)In Season 2, SCMC increased the fee paid to contractors. In Season 3 the number of contract engagements was reduced and two contractors were moved to part-time employee status.