The Indian Wells Valley Concert Association (IWVCA), a nonprofit public benefit civic organization, has been presenting leading artists in the fields of music, dance and stage to the residents of the northern Mojave Desert since 1947. Operation at the local level is accomplished solely through the efforts of volunteer community workers, including the Board of Directors elected by the Association members. The IWVCA is incorporated under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and is managed by a Board of Directors (ten unpaid members chosen by mail election), acting under guidance provided by the membership through periodic questionnaires and the annual spring business meeting. It is operated at the local level by members volunteering their time and services, with no overhead expenses for salaries or meeting locations for the Board.
The IWVCA began in 1947 as a function of the Joint Navy-Civilian Recreation Council of the Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS), original name of what became the Naval Weapons Center (1968-1991) and is now called the Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS). The concert group incorporated in 1952 as an independent, nonprofit, educational, tax-exempt corporation under what was then the precursor to the present IRC Section 501(c)(3).
The goal of the IWVCA is to promote the general and cultural welfare of its members and to improve by any and all lawful and honorable means their status and condition; and to serve as a cultural and recreational medium within the community. The IWVCA is organized and operated exclusively as a nonprofit public benefit enterprise for educational objectives, and its operation is governed by the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law of California.
To this end, the IWVCA has been providing the northern Mojave Desert with fine performing artists since 1947. The IWVCA normally presents five to six concerts per season, of which typically three to five are drawn from varied classical-music categories (including classical-crossover mixes), and one to three are from outside this area (e.g., dance, folk/ethnic music, jazz or other nonclassical music, dramatic narration, musical humor, etc.) Normal time span for the season is mid-October through April. Concerts are presented on various weekday evenings, Monday through Thursday only, with the nights varied during the course of the season to minimize conflicts that persons might have with classes, meetings, or other regularly occurring events. There are no weekend or summer programs.
The IWVCA is responsive to meeting additional educational needs of the community by offering free programs (usually a 50-minute mini-concert with commentary by the artist) for students of the schools in the local area, presented in conjunction with subscription concerts when feasible (normally at least three times per season). Student educational services also include lecture-demonstrations and workshops as appropriate. This service is made possible by contributions to the Student Education Fund. Typically, three to six student programs are scheduled per season, each presented to a specified grade range or school, generally spanning grades 4 through 12 during the course of the season. Students are invited from public, private, and home schools in the local area, with any remaining seats made available free to the general public.
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