Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma
2304 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 School
Stockyards Central
Mission Statement Providing quality music education and artist development while expanding the music industry and tourism in Oklahoma.
Granville group classes at Special Care
Contact Information
Contact Name Cindy Scarberry
Contact email oprystaff@ohfo.org
Address 2304 Exchange Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Phone (405) 2979773
Fax 405-2979292
County Oklahoma
Alternate Address 2221 Exchange Ave
Oklahoma City OK 73108
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://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 look online www.ohfo.org or call (405)297-9773(405)297-9773, Monday-Friday 10AM-3PM.  
 
You may also send your donation to:
The Opry Heritage Foundation of OK
2304 Exchange Avenue
OKC, OK 73108  
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $275,000.00
Projected Expenses $270,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Oklahoma Opry2003
Year Founded 1977
IRS Ruling Year 2005
State Registration Expiration Mar 2019
Statements
Mission Providing quality music education and artist development while expanding the music industry and tourism in Oklahoma.
Background The Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma is home to the Granville Community Music School which provides quality, music lessons for students from low-income families for .50 per lesson, the Rodeo Opry, “Oklahoma’s Official Country Music Show” providing family friendly live music since 1977, and Guitars for Vets (OKC chapter). While this organization has produced the best in family entertainment for over 40 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. The Rodeo Opry's community outreach programs include a student concert series teaching Oklahoma History through music held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and artist development workshops for singers and songwriters of all ages. In addition to private music lessons for children from low-income families, Granville Community Music School also provides group music classes to students from Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children and Mission Academy, a high school for students recovering from substance abuse and addiction. During 2018-2019 school years, Granville has also partnered with Arts Council OKC to provide music in Thelma Parks and Westwood Elementary Schools. In 2018, we also joined forces with the national Guitar for Vets program by starting the first chapter in Oklahoma. After ten free guitar lessons, veterans are presented with a brand new acoustic guitar and opportunities to continue playing music with other veterans in our area.
Impact
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 serving over 400 currently. 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. 
 
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 2018, the Rodeo Opry partnered with 99.7 HankFM where our weekly shows are broadcast on Sunday nights 6-8PM and can be streamed on crankhank.com
 
Guitars for Vets (OKC chapter) was established towards the end of 2018 and graduated three veterans who credit the program for helping them cope with issues due to PTSD and transitioning back into civilian life. Learning the guitar has given them an outlet for creativity and expression as well as coping skills and opportunities to socialize and play music with other veterans in our community. In 2019, nine (9) graduates completed the program and received a new guitar and accessory kit from the national organization.
 
Accomplishments in 2019:
1) Obtained the space and completed renovations on the new event center space "Stockyards Central" for program usage and began rentals that provide a revenue source for our organization.
2) Created an app and texting software to help promote Rodeo Opry shows and other programs. Ticket sales have definitely improved since implementation.
3) Added additional staffing to help maintain growth and development of programs. Talent Coordinator, Emily McCumber; Rodeo Opry Coordinator, Rich Martin; OHFO Associate Director, Kelcie Lee.
 
Goals for 2020:
1) Establish new and diverse funding sources and community partners to continue to expand programs.
2) Grow our endowment fund to provide scholarships for graduating seniors from Granville. Currently our endowment only provides funding for two $500 scholarships while we have five deserving graduates. 
3) Utilize OHFO's new building space for program activities as well as for community and private events, providing a revenue source for the Opry Heritage Foundation of OK and its programs.
Needs
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 all our graduating students as they pursue their dreams.
 
We have acquired the building adjacent to Granville Community Music School and have transformed the space to be able to provide meals and healthy snacks to students during operating hours, a stage for recital and performance opportunities and space for special events to be held. We received funding and donations for construction and furniture; however, we still need to update the lighting and sound equipment as well as purchase signage.
 
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 Rodeo Opry. Now, with our Guitars for Vets chapter, we are also able to serve Oklahoma veterans who have given so much to our country. We have the pleasure of seeing the power of music transform lives every day.  Come join us!
Board Chair Statement
A word from past Board President, Bruce Bodger:
 
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 whose 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
Central Oklahoma
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Granville Community Music School serves children 9-18 in the OKC area with some students coming from surrounding towns including but not limited to Yukon, Mustang, Edmond. Our Rodeo Opry Artist Development and Oklahoma Heritage Concerts usually serve performers and schools from central Oklahoma while the Guitars for Vets program works out of the OKC VA in downtown Oklahoma City. The Rodeo Opry is held Saturday nights in the historic Stockyards district of OKC, but welcomes tourists from all across the state, nation and international travels. The streaming option on the radio also expands our listening audience world wide.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/
Programs
Description

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 with 15 students and has grown to serve over 400. Granville is modeled after Nashville’s highly successful W. O. Smith Community Music School which was founded in 1984.

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

Thousands of our war Veterans are afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, more soldiers have committed suicide since the Vietnam War than have died in actual battle. But many are finding hope in an unlikely place: behind the wood and strings of an acoustic guitar. The healing power of music helps soldiers cope. That’s why we provide veterans with guitars and a forum to learn how to play. With your support, we can help those who served rediscover their joy through the power of music.

Strategy
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations Other Health/Disability
Description

The Centennial Rodeo Opry, "Oklahoma’s “Official Country Music Show” is celebrating over 40 years 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 also be heard on Sunday nights 6-8PM on 99.7 Hank FM or by streaming www.crankhank.com.

 
The Rodeo Opry also provides Artist Development workshops and performance opportunities that are designed to develop and enhance promising performers in the areas of stage presence and vocal production. 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 including songwriting and production. 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 others. 

Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description

Students from around the state watch Oklahoma history come to life 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. Partnering with the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Rodeo Opry is able to provide this music experience to a greater number of students inside the museum where students are given the opportunity to explore following the concert.

Strategy
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) General/Unspecified
Description
NOW OPEN in Oklahoma’s historic Stockyards City: a new live music venue and community event center perfect for your next party, meeting, or special event. Inspired by the original National Hotel, Stockyards Central pays tribute to the rich history of the building and district with modern renovations and technology.
 
Stockyards Central is a project of the Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma (OHFO), a 501c3 non-profit transforming lives through music. Our mission is to provide quality music education and artist development while expanding the music industry and tourism in Oklahoma. All proceeds from Stockyards Central will support OHFO programs including the Granville Community Music School, Guitars for Vets (OKC chapter) and the Rodeo Opry.
 
For more information or to book your event today, please call (405) 297-9773 or email kelcie.lee@ohfo.org.
Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
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 40 years and now have strong education programs in place that have been developed since 2004. Our main challenge 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
Experience
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 thirty 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 and beginning the Guitars for Vets program in Oklahoma.
 
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, San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score program, and was part of the OKA+ team who helped facilitate the development of Africa A+ Schools in Cape Town, South Africa.

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.
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 3
Number of Contract Staff 15
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 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Collaborations
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.
 
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma Heritage Concert Series as well as 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 organization 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 after school program
 
Mission Academy High School / Teen Recovery Solutions - providing group music classes 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Allied Arts member agency0
Oklahoma Arts Council0
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate0
Oklahoma City Arts Council0
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Circles of Impact GrantImpact Oklahoma2016
Governor's Arts in Education AwardState Dept / Oklahoma Arts Council2015
Impact AwardCox Charities2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Our biggest challenge is that all staff members including our Executive Director are currently paid as 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 increase staff to full-time as soon as possible.
Board Chair
Name Mr. Jason Hughs
Company Affiliation Allstate Foundation
Term Feb 2020 to Jan 2021
Email jasonhughs74@gmail.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 01, 2020
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. Randy EarhartTaco MayoVoting
Mr. Jason HughsAllstate FoundationVoting
Mrs. Susan McCoyVoting
Mrs. Teri NewbyManchester GroupVoting
Mr. Frank O'LearyVoting
Ms. Kelli PayneOK National StockyardsVoting
Ms. Shauna StoverRealtorVoting
Ms. Rosalynn WadeOKA+ SchoolsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 6
Native American/American Indian 2
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
While we have been in the music business for over 40 years, we are in our 16th 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 grow and develop our programming. 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 supportive group of people from diverse backgrounds joining together to help us reach our goals.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2020-Dec 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $275,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $270,000
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 Year201720162015
Contributions$73,967$69,010$137,489
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
------
Government Contributions$46,668$149,815$12,750
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$46,668$149,815$12,750
Individual Contributions------
------
$98,589$115,136$123,939
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$25,211$748$9,334
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$288,298$303,549$307,698
Administration Expense$7,428$6,925$9,429
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.831.080.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%98%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$82,224$138,580$113,032
Current Assets$17,861$65,853$35,113
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$12,347$17,412$16,099
Total Net Assets$69,877$121,168$96,933
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.453.782.18
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $98,589Govt - Unspecified $149,815Contributions $137,489
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $73,967Earned Revenue $115,136Earned Revenue $123,939
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $46,668Contributions $69,010Govt - Unspecified $12,750
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
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments 2018 brought a group of new board members, sponsors and a momentum as we continued to recover from the financial challenges of 2017. Through a new partnership with the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, we were able to have our best annual fundraising event to date which helped to close 2018 and start 2019. Our goal in 2019 is to increase generated funds by renting the new Special Event Center, explore federal grant options and establish relationships with additional corporate and private donors.
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
 
The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.
 
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Address 2304 Exchange Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Primary Phone 405 2979773
Contact Email oprystaff@ohfo.org
Give with Credit Card https://www.ohfo.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/ohfo/
CEO/Executive Director Cindy Scarberry
Board Chair Mr. Jason Hughs
Board Chair Company Affiliation Allstate Foundation