Lakes Area Music Festival

Mission Statement

The Lakes Area Music Festival connects the nation’s best performers and audiences through excellent classical music and inspiring education.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments In its 11th annual season the Lakes Area Music Festival continued to grow artistic products featuring 187 all-star artists from around the world, collaborating on chamber music, orchestra, opera, and ballet. This season included our first world-premiere (a co-commission); we introduced a new partnership with the Amsterdam-based House of Makers company; and we inaugurated a unique String Quartet Residency inviting the Altius Quartet to take up residence with statewide tour and numerous outreach activities. In addition to year-round concerts, youth education programs included a weeklong summer daycamp for kids; a lesson exchange program for youth volunteers; and school programming which served over 2,000 public school children in central Minnesota. Outreach programming brought our mission beyond the walls of the concert hall, with activities for kids at the public library; our first sensory friendly concert for individuals with autism or high sensitivities; 8 concerts at the Crow Wing County Jail; a creative song-writing workshop for victims of domestic abuse; and numerous activities in senior living communities and nursing homes. Each of these programs demonstrates the cultural and educational impact our organization has on the residents and visitors of rural, central Minnesota.
Current Goals Following a longer range strategic planning session at the board retreat in October 2019, the following goals have been determined for the current year: PROGRAMMING: Create a new artistic advisory committee of international industry professionals to help build artistic levels and reputations; create a new Vocal Fellowship Program providing young singers from around the country with performance-based learning. DEVELOPMENT: Develop and implement an Individual Giving Strategy to support growth in our largest category of income. ADMINISTRATION: Hire a new part-time Operations Coordinator; begin succession planning with Phase I: create job descriptions for all paid and volunteer positions and updating organizational chart.
Community or Constituency Served The Lakes Area Music Festival serves permanent and seasonal residents, and visitors of the Lakes Area of central Minnesota.
Geographic Area Served Serving permanent and seasonal residents, and visitors of the Lakes Area of central Minnesota, defined generally as a 50-mile radius from downtown Brainerd. In addition, a growing sector of our audience comes from outside our geographic area, promoting arts tourism and economic development in the region.

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 12/22/2019

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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715 Laurel Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218-275-5263

General Information

Alternative Name: LAMF
EIN: 45-4807315
Principal Staff: Scott Lykins
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 2.5
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 15000
Ruling Year: 2012


Board Chair: David Boran
Number of Board Members: 13
Board Meetings with Quorum: 10
Average Member Attendance: 10.2

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