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
Aug 1, 2013 –
Jul 31, 2014
Aug 1, 2014 –
Jul 31, 2015
Aug 1, 2015 –
Jul 31, 2016
(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.