Ensemble Iberica
5017 Gladstone Blvd.
Kansas City MO 64123
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 471-5107
Mission Statement
Ensemble Ibérica performs the music of Ibéria (Spain and Portugal) and the colonial Americas while educating the public about Iberian cultural influence. Programs explore diverse time periods, styles and locations including the Spanish baroque, Portuguese fado and Argentine tango. The Ensemble features extraordinary musicians from classical, jazz and folk traditions both locally and from around the world.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William Cutler
Board Chair Mr. William Cutler
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Ensemble Ibérica performs the music of Ibéria (Spain and Portugal) and the colonial Americas while educating the public about Iberian cultural influence. Programs explore diverse time periods, styles and locations including the Spanish baroque, Portuguese fado and Argentine tango. The Ensemble features extraordinary musicians from classical, jazz and folk traditions both locally and from around the world.
Background Statement
Founded in February of 2014 by Artistic Director Beau Bledsoe, a guitarist with a Master of Music from UMKC Conservatory of Music, Ensemble Ibérica is the culmination of his years studying and performing the music of Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Argentina.
Ensemble Ibérica currently operates through volunteer efforts of our board and generous patrons from the Kansas City area. It is our goal to represent and serve the communities in Kansas City that are related to the international diaspora from the Iberian peninsula to the Latin Americas. We received tax exempt status from the IRS on June 11, 2015.
Impact Statement

Ensemble Ibérica has sold 5,739 individual tickets for our concert series, and over two thirds of our events have sold out. Ticket sales have increased 25% over the past two years. In addition to performances, the ensemble has produced three recordings.

The ensemble is also building a growing collection of rare folkloric instruments from Portugal and Spain. This collection was recently expanded with the purchase of four rare Portuguese instruments, made possible by a grant from the CCS Family Fund of the Topeka Community Foundation.
 
We have organized four successful cultural trips for patrons to Portugal and Spain every June. These trips have provided more than 40 patrons with a unique cultural experience. In 2017, the trip to Portugal, branded as “Food, Fado, & Wine,” focused on Fado music, a Portuguese urban folk music that grew out of the streets and taverns of Lisbon in the 19th Century. The Spain trip in 2017 was focused on Flamenco music and dance in the Andalusia region. 
Over the past four years, the ensemble has collaborated and performed with prestigious guest musicians from around the world, including: Nathalie Pires (New York), Mariachi Flor de Toloache (New York), Betse & Clarke (Kansas City), Nanny Assis (Bahia, Brazil), Angelique Staggs (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Bruno Bessa (Fortaleza, Brazil), Amado Espinoza (Cochabamba, Bolivia) and Melinda Hedgecorth (Sevilla, Spain).
 
Our educational outreach program was greatly expanded thanks to the work of our educational outreach coordinator and board member, Norma Pacheco O'Neil. To date we've performed at 26 schools for over 3000 students. In addition to our "Introduction to Spain through Dance and Music" program, we've added "Mexico Lindo - an introduction to Mexico through Music, Song and Dance" featuring Ensemble Ibérica vocalist, Fedra Cooper Barrera.
Needs Statement
The performing arts landscape in Kansas City is diverse, rich, and growing. However, there is a notable lack of Latino music and culture represented in the performing arts, despite the Kansas City area having a significant Latino population. Ensemble Ibérica is focused on sharing and celebrating Latino music traditions across genres, including classical, jazz, and folk.
 
Our annual concert series is the main avenue for these performances, which include music from cultures that are underrepresented or non-existent in the Kansas City area. The series has presented traditional music from the Andean indigenous people of South American, pre-revolution Cuban music from the 1950s and the Roma (gypsy) people from Spain, Turkey and Belgium.
 
Ensemble Ibérica has set a public support goal of $11,000 for 2018. These funds will be used for administrative, venue and marketing costs in pursuit of our mission. These funds may also cover production, management, and administration for our 2018 Concert Series and Educational Outreach programs. Ticket revenue and other earned income will provide 85% of our total budget, and provides all funds needed for artist fees.
Service Categories
Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Unknown
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
For several years, I had been going to various performances by our artistic director Beau Bledsoe, and was impressed by his skills both as an instrumentalist and interpreter of a broad range of musical styles. My candid comments and suggestions about his performances led him to ask if I would serve on a group setting up Ensemble Iberica. My experience in the non-profit world made this a good fit, and it has been a fantastic journey.
 
Each of our seasons has been more successful as we reach new audiences, bring in exciting outside performers, and develop our educational programs. Kansas City's music culture has been open to receiving and participating in our new venture.
 
Like many fledging non-profits, we had limited financial resources, and organized first under the Group Exemption option under Folk Alliance International, allowing us to begin to collect tax deductible donations. Even though this structure is encouraged by the IRS, many foundations and donors are wary of it, and we finally invested the time and money into a full 501.c.3 incorporation. 
 
Making the public more aware of our existence without a large advertising budget continues to be a challenge but helpful media relations and free social media use continue to help us develop. 
 
Our Board is currently 5 members, with our artistic director, a restaurateur, a self-employed computer specialist, our education/outreach coordinator, and myself. All are volunteers. We enjoy the ease of working with a small board, but will be exploring expanding it to increase diversity and bring in additional skills and relationships.
Programs
Description Our primary activity is a concert series that operates annually from April to December. We employ international and local talent that best represent the cultures that we feature in our series.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success We want to instill trust in our patrons that an Ensemble Ibérica concert will be an adventurous experience. It is our goal that patrons become appreciative aficionados of musical genres that they might have not been familiar with before. We frequently feature pre-concert lectures and educational outreach that is relevant to specific concerts in our series and we publish content related to these programs via social media and our website. After each performance there is a meet and greet in which the board and artists of Ensemble Ibérica interact with patrons to get feedback and useful ideas.
Long-Term Success It is our goal that our patrons become educated about Iberian cultural influence and leave our performances with a much broader global perspective. By regularly collaborating with international artists that are authorities within their own genres, both the audience and collaborating musicians gain heightened knowledge from sources that are unavailable locally. Often times our collaborations are cross-discipline employing musicians from jazz, classical and folkloric traditions.
Program Success Monitored By We run our own box office and have accurate numbers from tickets sales. We are also regularly reviewed by the local arts press and we often receive patron feedback through our website and newsletter.
Examples of Program Success Ensemble Ibérica has currently sold 5,306 individual tickets and over two thirds of our venues sell out. The majority of our patrons are age 50 and over and Caucasian. Approximately 20 percent are Latino (Brazilian, Argentine, Colombian and Mexican).
Description The Ensemble Ibérica educational outreach program is led by our board member Norma Pacheco O'Neil and is meant to reach schools in the Kansas City area by giving presentations about the history of Spain and its relationship to Kansas City, various regional dance styles, the relationship between guitar and dance and how they evolved throughout Spain and the Americas. We maintain a special fund from specific donors so that we may perform these programs at underserved schools.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
The changes and attitudes we wish our clients to experience are a heightened sensitivity to Iberian colonial influence on both a larger historical scale and in their personal lives on a local scale. During these programs we impart specific knowledge regarding rhythm, tempo, mood and timing between dancers and musicians. With the use of props, the program introduces the audience to many culturally specific items such as the Spanish guitar, fans, flamenco shoes and indigenous textiles. We always end each presentation with a question and answer session and a chance for students to briefly speak with us as well as see and touch props.
Long-Term Success We have two highly engaging programs focusing on Spain and Mexico that incorporate elements from various school subjects including: Spanish, music, art, geography, world history, drama and dance. By using a multimedia presentation with live music and dance our goal is to integrate our performance with subjects that students have already encountered in their own studies.
Program Success Monitored By We utilize web-based surveys and we regularly receive feedback from educators that are employed at the schools we visit.
Examples of Program Success Ensemble Ibérica has had a rigorous outreach program since its founding in 2013. We have performed for over 1500 students and had numerous school bookings scheduled for our 2017 Season.
CEO Comments
Kansas City was recently designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as part of its Creative Cities Network for music. Kansas City is the only U.S. city ever named a music city by UNESCO. This recognition is a great honor and also focuses international attention on the city’s musical culture. We are an international city ascendant in all aspects. This makes the mission of Ensemble Iberica that more pertinent. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. William Cutler
Term Start Jan 2015
Experience
Bill is a retired non-profit service professional, with decades of experience in managing government and foundation funds for maximum effect and accountability. Among his many accomplishments in the social services sector, he implemented a successful statewide program in Kansas to help elderly citizens stay in their homes rather than go into nursing homes.
Bill has served on several non-profit corporate boards, and is experienced with staff development and training. He holds degrees from the University of Kansas in Speech Communications and Human Relations and English.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 4
Paid Contractors 0
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 5
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 3
Male 8
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
The ensemble regularly partners with the Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center to utilize their 280-seat venue, and for administrative assistance while booking our patron trips to Europe. Our 2016 Season opening concert, entitled “Danza”, was a collaboration of Spanish baroque music and dance with the Owen Cox Dance Company. We regularly partnering with the Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center to share their 280 seat venue and administrative assistance with booking our patron trips to Europe. In 2016 and 2017 the ensemble has partnered with the Mexican marimba quartet Marimba Sol de Chiapas for performances. We also have at least one concert per season as part of the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College’s Polsky theater.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
arts grantMuriel​ ​McBrien​ ​Kauffman​ ​Foundation​ 2017
Performance​ ​and​ ​stipendArt​ ​in​ ​the​ ​loop​2016
arts grantRichard​ ​J​ ​Stern​ ​Foundation​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Arts​2017
arts grantMartha​ ​Lee​ ​Cain​ ​Tranby​ ​Music​ ​Enrichment​ ​Fund2016
arts grantFrancis​ ​Family​ ​Foundation​ ​Small​ ​Arts​ ​Grant​ ​Fund​2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. William Cutler
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Email topekabill.cutler@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Neil Battrum Orange Technologies, Owner
Mr. Beau Bledsoe Tzigane, Cofounder
Mr. William Cutler Retired, Community Volunteer
Mr. Nicholas Grunauer Grünauer Kansas City, Owner
Ms. Norma Pacheco O'Neil Blue Valley School District, Spanish Interpreter
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $41,600
Projected Expenses $38,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2014: Financial data reported on IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$74,289--$21,955
Administration Expense$0--$0
Fundraising Expense$0--$0
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.96--1.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%--100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%--0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$6,248--$3,260
Current Assets$6,248--$3,260
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$0--$0
Total Net Assets$6,248--$3,260
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%--0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount ---- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ---- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ---- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Ensemble Iberica
Address 5017 Gladstone Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64123
Primary Phone (816) 471-5107
Contact Email info@ensembleiberica.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William Cutler
Board Chair Mr. William Cutler
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 2015