Pops Orchestra and its Choir Recognized as Federally Tax-Exempt Organization
WAKEFIELD, Mass. (June 6, 2022) – The Firebird Pops Orchestra, based in Wakefield, Mass., has announced that it has been granted tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, allowing the organization to accept tax-deductible donations from its financial supporters, among other benefits.
“Achieving this status opens up a world of possibilities for the orchestra,” said Brendan Kenney, FPO Executive Director. “In addition to being able to ask for financial support from the public, we are now able to make use of services available to tax-exempt organizations including deeply discounted rates for rehearsal spaces and other operational expenses, as well fundraising functionality on social media platforms.”
According to Kenney, purchasing the music for the arrangements the orchestra plays can range from $60 to over $500 per piece. “It adds up when you think about how many pieces are typically presented in a single concert,” said Kenney. Added expenses include performance space rental, lighting/sound rental and labor, advertising, and printing – amounting to a significant cost to produce each concert.
The tax-exempt status also applies to the newly formed choir, Firebird Vox.
Those wishing to make a donation to the organization may do so online at https://firebirdpops.org/donate, or checks made payable to Firebird Pops Orchestra may be mailed to 15 Lincoln St. #304, Wakefield, MA 01880.
About Firebird Pops Orchestra
The Firebird Pops Orchestra, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization based in Wakefield, Mass., was founded in July 2020 to provide a virtual performance platform for musicians during the pandemic, focusing on repertoire from Film, Television, Broadway, and well-known Classical pieces. The orchestra’s virtual performances included nearly 150 musicians and received local and national media attention from Nerdist, BroadwayWorld, WHDH Channel 7 News, and the nationally syndicated viral video TV show, RightThisMinute. For more information, visit firebirdpops.org.