NEWS: Opera in Williamsburg, Inc is now a non-profit 501(c)3 company, EIN 47-5511655. Donations made to Opera in Williamsburg are now tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Opera in Williamsburg, Inc collects donations and administers grants for activities of Opera in Williamsburg (VA). For questions about the non-profit organization please contact Naama Zahavi-Ely at Naama@OperainWilliamsburg.org or email@example.com. To send donations, please mail a check made out to "Opera in Williamsburg" to PO Box 2041, Williamsburg, VA 23187, or you can donate on-line via PayPal (see link above).
We can still receive donations through Fractured Atlas as well. Please see https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=7778
The production activities of Opera in Williamsburg are carried out through Opera in Williamsburg Productions, LLC, which is a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) owned by Naama Zahavi-Ely. Naama is personally responsible for covering the financial obligations of Opera in Williamsburg -- which are primarily fees and transportation expenses paid to the cast and the creative team (rent for the Kimball is a distant second). Opera in Williamsburg Productions is a regular for-profit corporation; but the economic realities of producing opera are such that there is no way to turn a real profit running one -- the goal is to break even.
A part of the vision of Opera in Williamsburg is working with outstanding professional artists and paying them fairly, even if financial constraints force it into the lower level of what would be considered "fair." It is also crucially important to keep ticket prices within reach of the community, and within the reach of students in particular. This means that developing community support is crucial. Naama invests a significant amount of work and time as a producer, visual designer, copywriter, and jack-of-all-trades. Naama receives no pay or material benefit from Opera in Williamsburg.
Jorge Parodi has been the conductor and music director of most of our productions to date, and is now the Music Director of Opera in Williamsburg. His skillful and committed support has been invaluable.
The creative teams of Opera in Williamsburg are contracted for specific projects. They have no financial control over Opera in Williamsburg and no claim beyond the fee agreed on for the specific project, and are not involved in financial decision-making.
From November 2012 and on, Opera in Williamsburg has been a fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a national non-profit tax-exempt art service organization. Fractured Atlas received donations and administered grants earmarked for the use of Opera in Williamsburg; the money was disbursed for specific, legitimate expenses of Opera in Williamsburg. Now that Opera in Williamsburg has its own tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, it can receive donations directly but can also continue to receive support via Fractured Atlas. Community support is crucial for thecontinuing activity of Opera in Williamsburg: otherwise, for all its artistic success, it would have to stop for lack of funds. Our budget is minuscule by opera standards, but it still cannot be covered by ticket sales alone, even if every seat at the Kimball is sold.
A group of loyal friends has been providing advice, assistance, hospitality, and contributions to Opera in Williamsburg. We are very happy indeed that Mr. Frank Knuettel has volunteered to lead the group into forming an advisory board. Our gratitude to Mr. Paul Maramaldi who headed the support group in 2014 and is continuing to work with us. If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch with us.
Opera in Williamsburg is still at an early stage. Advice, volunteers, and assistance would be very welcome indeed. Please get in touch with Naama Zahavi-Ely at firstname.lastname@example.org or Naama@operainwilliamsburg.org