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.
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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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
  • We were able to sell out six of our eight concerts in our 2015 Concert Season.
  • In September of 2015 we announced that we planned to take 25 people for our week long “Fado Food & Wine” tour to Portugal. The event sold out in under six weeks and the group will leave for Portugal on June 17, 2016.
  • Ensemble Ibérica received its first major grant of $6,000 in December of 2015 from the Francis Family Foundation Small Arts Grant Fund.
  • For our 2016 Concert Season, we have doubled our venue capacities and included more international guest artists.
  • We will release our second recording in April of 2016 featuring the compositions of Kansas City jazz master, Matt Otto.
  • This year we will begin a partnership between Ensemble Ibérica, the American Jazz Museum and the Traditional Music Society called "Diaspora,” a concert performance that delves into the music of Ibéria (Spain and Portugal) and their history of colonialization.
Needs Statement
  • Our primary need is the general operating expenses of our concert series such as artist fees, venue fees and keeping ticket prices affordable to the larger public.
  • We also have a special fund for our volunteer outreach program meant to reach underserved schools in the Kansas City area.
  • There is also a need of lodging and transportation for our guest artists that we bring to Kansas City.
Service Categories
Performing Arts
Elementary & Secondary Schools
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.
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 have numerous school bookings scheduled for our 2016 Season.
CEO Comments
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. William Cutler
Term Start Jan 2015
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 4
Paid Contractors 0
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
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. William Cutler
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Email topekabill.cutler@gmail.com
Board Members
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
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
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $41,600
Projected Expenses $38,000
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014: Financial data reported on IRS Form 990-EZ.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$21,955----
Administration Expense$0----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.15----
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$3,260----
Current Assets$3,260----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$3,260----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
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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