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Stuart’s Opera House

Total Qualifying Score: 5
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: Above $1.5 million up to $3 million – 2 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: Yes – 0
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Stuart’s Opera House
Nelsonville, Athens County, Ohio 45764

County (ARC Region) Athens
State (ARC Region) Ohio


Q1. Mission:

Stuart’s Opera House is dedicated to its role as a regional leader in the arts community, a center for public expression, and an economic development partner for Southeastern Ohio.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

On average, Stuart’s provides 25k visitors with over 75 events a year, including music concerts of Americana, folk, world, and bluegrass; provides facilities for up to 20 live theater presentations; produces the Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF), a free International Music Concert Series, and a community led arts education program.

We are addressing the overall health and vitality of our community. If we lose Stuart’s  permanently our region loses — according to the Americans for the Arts Economic Impact Study: $112,979 in State Government Revenue, $100,571 in local government revenue, 77 Full-time equivalent jobs, and $2,541,510 in total expenditures. 

Our arts programming and educational outreach keep us heavily involved with the underserved population of Nelsonville and surrounding communities through cooperative participation in and preservation of the arts.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 9/4 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 10/4 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $895,353/$704,159

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $1,789,350 / $1,786,353

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $895,353 / $704,159

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): Yes ($325,000)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($130,000)
Received From: Paycheck Protection Program, Ohio Art Council   Date Received: April 17, May
For What Purpose(s): Payroll, General Ops

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

During this unprecedented time of running a performing arts center during a global pandemic, our first priority is to keep all staff employed. To that end, we applied for and received an SBA Loan as a part of the Paycheck Protection Plan through the CARES Act. Stuart’s applied on the first day funds were available and received our $114,500 loan on April 17.

We have a $400,000 projected loss in income from cancelled events, especially the Nelsonville Music Festival.
● Melted Music Festival
● Bob Boilen Special Event
● Benjamin Gibbard
● The Nelsonville Music Festival
● Kurt Vile
● Bob Mould
● Joe Mullins
● Todd Snider

Stuart’s Opera House
● Columbus Symphony -rescheduled for March 2021
● ABC Players’ 2020 season
Rental Events:
● Valentour Wedding
● ATCO Idol
● Schmitzer Wedding
● Factory Street Dance Studio and Moving Parts
● HCOM Dinner
● Perry Wedding
● McDonald Wedding
● Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Meeting
● Recovery 360 Event

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
What the loss of Stuart’s would mean economically to our tight community ecosystem.
Where will the children go for free arts programming (and food and hygiene and center with trusted adults).
Death of toursim.

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

If we are successful in our work we lose the advantage of language like “underserved” “poorest” “least” and “lacking” – but we fulfill our mission to celebrate the music, promote our region’s local assets and create an environment where music and culture are cultivated and celebrated, just the same. We fulfill this purpose when we engage in activities that support our mission but, how do we stay relevant, proactive, and worthy of support at a time when we cannot gather– the primary means to fulling our mission? Professional development will increase our capacity to serve our community. 


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Long-term Financial Management

Course #2 Choice: 2-Mission & Operations

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)


Name: Emily Prince, Education Director/Grants Coordinator

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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