Forward Performing Arts Gains Record Support in 2017

Chris K. Alumni, Financial, Madison, News, Support

Forward Performing Arts, the organizational entity of the Madison Scouts, announces its financial results for fiscal year 2017 in a summarized Annual Report available for download from its web site. The organization, renamed Forward Performing Arts in January 2017 as part of its Vision 2021 initiative, achieved an organizational record in direct charitable giving as well as significant growth in the development of its EVENTS business line. Most importantly, the organization’s expanded programs impacted 3380 young musicians and performers in 2017 through the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, MadBrass SoundSport ensemble, newly incorporated Black Star Drum Line, MadSkills marching arts clinics, three hosted Drum Corps International tour events, and its Forward Leadership student development program.

Key highlights include:

  • Established Forward Performing Arts, providing renewed educational focus in the State of Wisconsin
  • Adoption of Vision 2021, a five year plan to increase mission impact and financial stability
  • Impacted 3380 students through a range of expanding programs
  • Achieved a new organizational record for direct charitable giving
  • Developed net revenue growth in EVENTS and MERCHANDISE to support program offerings

“2017 was an important year for the organization,” stated Executive Director Chris Komnick. “To achieve stability and prepare our organization for sustainable growth, we had to rethink our mission and the ways we could expand our student impact. The Madison Scouts will continue to be the model of excellence we want for all of our programs. But we need to provide greater depth and reach to what we do as an overall organization in order to achieve the stability we seek.”

“I am very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in 2017,” said Gregg Auby, board chairman. “The Madison Scouts have a proud 80-year heritage of grit, determination, and innovation. We took bold steps and risks on the field as a drum corps and we are taking bold steps organizationally as we move forward!”