Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma
2221 Exchange Ave
Oklahoma City OK 73108
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Rodeo Opry
Granville Community Music Center
Mission Statement
The Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma is a 501 c3 non-profit organization with the mission to:
  • SHOWCASE promising performers to develop discipline and realize potential.
  • PROMOTE developing performers and teach appreciation for Oklahoma's proud musical heritage.
  • CONNECT emerging artists with educators in stagecraft and performance arts.
  • EXPOSE new talent to the music industry and music business professionals.
  • DELIVER quality entertainment and educational alternatives for families, tourists and schools.
  • EDUCATE children statewide, with a special focus on those from low-income families.
  • ENHANCE Oklahoma's music and tourism industries.

The Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma is transforming lives through music!

Granville group classes at Special Care
Contact Information
Contact Name Cindy Scarberry
Contact email oprystaff@ohfo.org
Address 2221 Exchange Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Phone (405) 2979773
Fax 405-2979292
County Oklahoma
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.ohfo.org
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/ohfo/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
To make a direct donation or find out more about volunteer opportunities, please call (405)297-9773(405)297-9773, Monday-Friday 10AM-4PM.  
You may also send your donation to:
The Opry Heritage Foundation of OK
2221 Exchange Avenue
OKC, OK 73108  
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $320,000.00
Projected Expenses $320,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
Oklahoma Opry2003
Year Founded 1977
IRS Ruling Year 2005
State Registration Expiration Mar 2016
The Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma is a 501 c3 non-profit organization with the mission to:
  • SHOWCASE promising performers to develop discipline and realize potential.
  • PROMOTE developing performers and teach appreciation for Oklahoma's proud musical heritage.
  • CONNECT emerging artists with educators in stagecraft and performance arts.
  • EXPOSE new talent to the music industry and music business professionals.
  • DELIVER quality entertainment and educational alternatives for families, tourists and schools.
  • EDUCATE children statewide, with a special focus on those from low-income families.
  • ENHANCE Oklahoma's music and tourism industries.

The Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma is transforming lives through music!


The Opry HeritageFoundation of Oklahoma is home to the Rodeo Opry, “Oklahoma’s Official Country Music Show” and Granville Community Music School which provides quality, music lessons for students from low-income families for .50 per lesson. While this organization has produced the best in family entertainment for 35 years, non-profit status was established in 2004 with the focus to promote arts education and build the arts industry in Oklahoma.  This organization takes pride in educating and supporting the very artists that will define Oklahoma’s rich and diverse culture through their music.  Education programs include a student concert series teaching Oklahoma History through music, artist development workshops for performers of all ages and private and group music lessons through the Granville Community Music School.

Thanks to our donors, grants and sponsors, we are transforming lives through music!  
Granville Community Music School has grown from 15 students in 2009 to over 200 in 2016. These amazing students who come from low-income families are not only blossoming as musicians, but are now excelling in school, confidence and all social areas.
Writers from the Row continues to welcome hit songwriters to work with local writers on songwriting technique and music business tips.   
The legendary Jimmy Webb honored OHFO and local writers with a Master Class, "A Conversation with Jimmy" and #1 hit singer/songwriter/producer, Zac Maloy will hold a workshop in Feb of 2016.
The Centennial Rodeo Opry, "Oklahoma's Official Country Music Show" continues to grow in popularity as we showcase new performers as well as continue to promote live music and family entertainment Saturday nights in the historic stockyards district of OKC.
In addition to our growth in programming, we are doing our best to sustain and maintain the historic theatre where we hold our shows and OHFO offices.  Over the past three years, we have spent over $25,000 for a new roof and air conditioning units to keep our patrons, students and entertainers nice and cool in Oklahoma's very warm weather.
Our goals also include increasing our Executive Director and Office Manager's position to full-time as soon as funding is available.
Growth of our endowment fund continues to be a focus. Currently we are able to provide one $1,000 scholarship or two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Granville. We would like to see this fund grow where we can provide additional funds to our students as needed as they pursue their dreams.
The Rodeo Opry is in desperate need of a new stage and production equipment. Our stage was water damaged in storms of 2015; however, insurance did not cover the damage. $10,000-$20,000 would help us not only rebuild the stage but update and replace much needed sound and lighting equipment. 
Granville Community Music School also had water damage from the storms in 2015 with approximately $20,000 in content damage where insurance is denying the claim.
We are also looking for sponsor(s) for the Oklahoma Heritage Concert Series. $2500 per concert would provide a stipend for schools that includes student admission, transportation and covers OHFO musician and production fees. We hope to provide 4 of these educational concerts that teach Oklahoma history through music and interactive activities.
Volunteers are always needed within our small non-profit. Our board of directors have an abundance of amazing ideas to continue to grow our organization; however, we need additional "feet on the ground" to help implement them. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement I am extremely proud to be part of the Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma.  I began performing as a young, high school student when we were named the Oklahoma Opry and have worked on staff with this organization in some capacity since 1989.  It has been an amazing journey to watch us grow from just being "Oklahoma's Official Country Music Show" to a mission-driven, non-profit organization focused on music education and the future of our state.  Other than the amazing, family-friendly, live music show we put on every Saturday night in the historic stockyards district, I am most proud of the growth of our education programs.  Please take a minute to explore what we are accomplishing with children 9-18 years old who come from low-income families at the Granville Community Music School. Oklahoma schools also enjoy bringing classes, grade levels and/or entire schools to learn Oklahoma history through music at our interactive Oklahoma Heritage Concerts. With our additional artist development and songwriting workshops, there is always something fun, exciting, educational and unique happening at the Opry.  We have the pleasure of seeing the power of music transform lives every day.  Come join us!
Board Chair Statement

My wife and I discovered the Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma about four years ago while attending a show at the Rodeo Opry. A friend of ours who's daughter was performing on stage that night persuaded us to come along. What a pleasant surprise! We were shocked by the quality of entertainment; the professional house band, the show's line-up, and the professional air about the theatre. We knew instantly that this would be the place where we'd be spending many future Saturday evenings. It didn't take many weekends for us to realize that the show was not only the best kept secret in Oklahoma but also that the show was part of something much greater. 

Turns out the Rodeo Opry is only a small part of the Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma, a non-profit chartered to promote arts education in Oklahoma through our kids. Well, folks… that made it even better. Ever since we got to Oklahoma Suzanne and I have been looking for opportunities to pay back to the community. You see, we've been lucky in life and thought it time to share life's rewards with those who could benefit from our experience. We offered to commit some of our time and resources to the Organization and, wouldn't you know it, four years later I'm the Chairman of the Board!

If you give us just one of your Saturday evenings to get to know our Foundation, odds are we'll have you hooked too. We were reminded that an investment in our kids is the most risk-free and worthwhile investment one can make. You can help our family-oriented non-profit by committing your time or your financial resources to help us prepare our next generation for their future challenges. 

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Performing Arts

The Centennial Rodeo Opry, "Oklahoma’s “Official Country Music Show” is celebrating its 35th year of providing spectacular live, weekly entertainment. Located in the Rodeo Opry theater in the heart of the historic stockyards district in Oklahoma City, Saturday night performances feature new talent from around the state, veterans of the Opry stage, and Opry stars who enjoy coming home to perform.  The Centennial Rodeo Opry shows can be seen Sunday 8PM each week on KSBI TV 52.

Population Served General/Unspecified

Named after Opry founder Granville (Grant) Leftwich, the Granville Community School of Music provides quality music instruction to talented children from low income families for the nominal fee of 50 cents per lesson. Granville opened September 9, 2009 and is modeled after Nashville’s long‐running, highly‐successful W. O. Smith Community Music School which was founded in 1984.

Population Served At-Risk Populations Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent

Students from around the state watch Oklahoma history come to life on the Rodeo Opry stage through an interactive program teaching the history, music and culture of our great state. This educational music experience takes participants through the trials and triumphs of Oklahoma including Native American heritage, the Dust Bowl, state symbols and famous Oklahomans.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) General/Unspecified

Designed to develop and enhance promising performers in the areas of stage presence and vocal production, the Rising Star Roundup workshops are offered for young performers under the age of 16 and Kick Start Clinics for artists 16 and older.  Apprenticeship programs are also available to provide promising musicians and technicians in our community the opportunity to work with industry professionals in their field of interest

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults

Personalized workshops and intimate performances provide local songwriters with the opportunity to work and perform with top industry professionals. Over the years, participants have benefitted from instruction and interaction with hit songwriters for artists such as Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, John Michael Montgomery, Diamond Rio, Bryan White, and many, many others.

Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
We are very pleased with the development of our programming and what we have to offer our community and state.  We are continuing to grow as we educate, showcase and carry on Oklahoma's legacy of a strong and diverse musical heritage.  We have put on weekly shows as "Oklahoma's Official Country Music Show" for over 35 years and now have strong education programs in place that have been developed over the last 12 years.  Our only challenge now is getting the word out and making these wonderful programs available to as many students and artists as possible.  With your help, we can make a difference in someone's life today!
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Cindy Scarberry
Start Date Jan 2009
Email oprystaff@ohfo.org
Cindy Scarberry is a professional singer, songwriter and studio vocalist. In 1997, she was inducted into Grant Leftwich’s Opry Hall of Fame and recognized by the State of Oklahoma for her contributions to the Oklahoma Department of Tourism. Cindy has worked with the Opry for over twenty years serving as vocalist, Talent Coordinator and Program Director for the Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma where she assisted with the facilitation and development of education programs as well as the direction of the Rodeo Opry, a weekly country music variety show held in the historic Stockyards of Oklahoma City. As of January 1, 2009 Cindy was named Executive Director. Since then, she has continued to grow the organization’s educational programming including opening the Granville Community Music Center.
Cindy is also a respected member and leader in the education community. She is a national board certified music teacher and still teaches part-time for Norman Public Schools. In October of 2002, Cindy was awarded the Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellowship to Japan. In 2006, she was awarded the National Fund for Teachers and Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence fellowship to Zimbabwe, Africa. Upon return, Fund for Teachers awarded Cindy and her team the 2006 National Raymond Plank Fellowship Award for Teaching Excellence.  She was also named 2009 Educator of the Year by the University of Oklahoma’s Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.

Cindy has been an Oklahoma A+ Schools fellow since 2003 where she has developed and facilitated many workshops including music integration, multiple intelligences, curriculum mapping and collaboration. She has facilitated arts integration workshops for the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain and San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score program.

Cindy Scarberry is dedicated to education, the arts and building the music industry in Oklahoma and has a clear vision for the Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma and its music education programs.
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 5
Number of Contract Staff 12
Number of Volunteers 35
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 5
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Taco Mayo / Tyler Media:  Marketing budget match from purchased radio time for JAKE FM 93.3 and various other markets as appropriate.
OKA+Schools partners to get programming information to their network and therefore receive a discount to any events.
Oklahoma City Community College for Jimmy Webb Master Class & upcoming bluegrass workshop
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum - collaborating on Special Events and programming for both facilities.
UCO and Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO - internships and volunteer opportunities for students
Creative Oklahoma - helping provide entertainment for events which gives exposure to organizaiton and artists
Stockyards City Main Street - provides entertainment for all events
UPS Store - prints all programs and receives free tickets to events.
Positive Tomorrows - we provide group music lessons for their students.
Special Care, Inc. - we provide group music lessons for the after school program 
Allied Arts member agency2013
Governor's Arts in Education AwardState Dept / Oklahoma Arts Council2015
Impact AwardCox Charities2014
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Our biggest challenge is that all staff members including our Executive Director are currently part-time.  What makes this organization run so well is that we have an amazing staff as well as incredible volunteers and board members who volunteer extra time and help each other as needed.  Our goal is to have the Executive Director and Office Manager full-time as soon as possible.
Board Chair
Name Mrs. Sheila Baber
Company Affiliation SCS Engineers
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Email SBaber@scsengineers.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 15, 2016
Board of Directors List
Mrs. Sheila Baber, Chair SCS EngineersVoting
Mr. Mike Bilcik RetiredVoting
Mr. Bruce Bodger CeralUSA, LLCVoting
Mrs. Susan Davis Author/EducatorVoting
Mr. Randy Earhart Taco MayoVoting
Mr. Tom Goetzinger, Sec/Treasurer RetiredVoting
Mrs. Teri Newby Manchester GroupVoting
Ms. Shauna Stover RE/MAX RealtorVoting
Mr. Dave Thomas, Vice Chairman Dave's Computer Services, OwnerVoting
Mr. Bill Van Loozen Quick Print of OKCVoting
Ms. Rosalynn Wade OKA+ Schools
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 10
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Bryan White Singer/Songwriter/Producer
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
While we have been in the music business for over 35 years, we are in our 12th year as a non-profit with a governing board of directors and music education programs.  This continues to be a wonderfully, collaborative journey as we continue to grow and develop.  Our board is very active in helping financially and behind the scenes with recruiting sponsors, donors and volunteers as well as digging in when we need "hands-on" work accomplished.  We are pleased to have a wonderful group of people from diverse backgrounds joining together to help us reach our goals.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016-Dec 31, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $320,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $320,000
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$222,002$159,862$113,425
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$97,499$136,149$161,906
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$305,457$300,527$272,018
Administration Expense$12,051$7,514$6,981
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.071.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%98%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$150,972$103,925$107,618
Current Assets$58,755$28,410$36,894
Long-Term Liabilities----$2,856
Current Liabilities$20,424$1,420$22,557
Total Net Assets$130,548$102,505$82,205
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.8820.011.64
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%3%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspec $222,002Govt-Unspec $159,862Special Events $161,906
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $97,499Special Events $136,149Govt - Unspecified $113,425
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $26,050Earned Revenue $34,011Earned Revenue $36,674
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from IRS Form 990s.
Address 2221 Exchange Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Primary Phone 405 2979773
Contact Email oprystaff@ohfo.org
Give with Credit Card http://www.ohfo.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/ohfo/
CEO/Executive Director Cindy Scarberry
Board Chair Mrs. Sheila Baber
Board Chair Company Affiliation SCS Engineers


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