PO BOX 429
DANVILLE KY 40423-0429
Contact Information
Address PO BOX 429
DANVILLE , KY 40423 0429
Phone (859) 319-8426
Contact Name Niki Kinkade
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1993
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer There are many ways to support the Great American Brass Band Festival (also known as "GABBF") through financial contributions, volunteer hours, supporting our events and telling your friends and family about us.   Contact us anytime to learn more about all the opportunities to build community through brass band music and the arts.  Financial contributions can be made via our website or can be mailed directly.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The Great American Brass Band Festival is a community event showcasing brass band music through performance and education. The Festival preserves brass band music and explores its cultural influences through a variety of programs and presentations, featuring the best brass musicians in the world.
Background Statement The Great American Brass Band Festival ("GABBF") is currently celebrating 28 years of bringing brass band music to the bluegrass region. The organization provides a free three day festival, the primary purpose of is the celebrate brass band music in a family oriented atmosphere.
Impact Statement 5 Accomplishments for 2016:1. 20 new sponsors2. Built strong social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram3. Inaugural year of the Great American Art Festival4. Inaugural year of the Kids Art Fest5. 2 new events: Brassanova & the Great American Quilt Show 5 Goals for 20171. Create working board committees (Financial, Marketing & Programs)2. Bring more people to our top 5 events3. Continue with board development4. Continue working on a Strategic Plan 5. Build new Artistic Committee & Artistic Vision
Needs Statement The Great American Brass Band Festival's top areas of need are with funding and promotion. We are a Festival with a no cost focus, bringing in 28,000 people each year and in order to maintain this level of success we are always looking for ways to promote the Festival and our region. We are also always looking for ways to diversify our funding, so we can After 28 years the festival is a much loved event nationally but especially within Kentucky. Those financial resources would be used to bring in a larger array of brass bands, food trucks for partakers to enjoy that are more then the traditional fair, more support for the arts end of the festival to enlarge it, and utilized to support the children's part of the festival. The cost to support these goals would be between $25,000 and $50,000.
CEO/Executive Director Statement The Festival encourages small town America, grass roots community efforts, volunteerism, recognition of our Military and all that remains intrinsic to our countries values. So, not only does the Festival convey the tradition of brass music, it also preserves and tells the story of our local heritage and traditions of Boyle County and the Bluegrass region and the people who have great pride in sharing their piece of America with the world.
Geographic Areas Served
Allen County
The Great American Brass Band Festival is held in Danville, Kentucky, 40422, a small town located between Louisville, Kentucky, and Lexington, Kentucky. The festival is easily accessible via the airports found in both of these larger cities as well as by car. Cincinnati is also a short two hour drive away, and many visitors find that an easy way to come to Danville in order to enjoy the festivities. The Nashville hub is three hours away but also a very viable alternative to find access to the festival.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The Great American Brass Band Festival will be a community celebration of world brass band culture and influences. The Festival seeks to showcase diversity in brass through a variety of genres, presentations, exhibitions and FREE public performances. In addition, the Festival is committed to bringing the best brass musicians in the world to our stages. The Festival takes place in Danville, Kentucky where we showcase our small town charm and hospitality. We intend to keep the Festival alive by staying true to our mission but also keeping things modern and relevant.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? The Festival will continue to add and change events to keep our audience interested and engaged. An example of this is our Bayou & Brass street party that was started in 2012. This event brings everyone out for a New Orleans style party on the street. We are also committed to bringing a youth band to the Festival each year, which speaks to our commitment to keeping brass band music alive. We are also in the process of growing our children's area, to include a children's stage and multiple artistic experiences, including our instrument petting zoo.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? We are able to work towards our goals and future success with the organizations active board of directors, the staff of two and the hundreds of committed volunteers and sponsors who allow us to put on a successful event each year.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? We are able to measure success with the number of attendees who turn out for the event, the amount of publicity we receive, the amount of dollars that come in and the level of satisfaction our patrons feel. We are a niche festival with very little competition. Our crowds are upwards of 28,000 over the four day weekend.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? We are in the process of growing both our youth programs and keeping our programming relevant and fresh but again, staying true to our mission.
Board Chair
Board Chair Michael Strysick
Company Affiliation Centre College
Term Sept 2016 to Aug 2018
Board Members
John Albright Caldwell StoneVoting
Thomas Baeker Physician
Shelly Bayless Grace DesignsVoting
Carla Carr First Southern Bank
Terry Crowley Green BoilerVoting
Dana Frondal Farmers National Bank
Kelly Gray Marketplace Gray
Tony Gray Danville Police Department
Patrick McClure McClure & McClure
Jill Mulusky Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Cody Polston Hampton Inn
Bruce Richardson Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
Michael Strysick Centre CollegeVoting
Tom Tye Tye FinancialVoting
Denise Van Steenlandt Bluegrass Community Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 70%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 0
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Project Oversight
CEO Comments As the signature event among many wonderful events in Danville, Kentucky, the Great American Brass Band Festival continues to imagine new and exciting ways in which to keep its nearly three-decade festival relevant to changing demographics and external dynamics. Dedicated volunteers have been the backbone of the event’s success, truly demonstrating that many hands make for light work, along with GABBF’s phenomenal leadership. With an ever-deepending foundation, as the festival approaches its 30th anniversary in a few short years, the future remains every bright for this annual celebration of brass band music in one of American’s great small towns.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Niki Kinkade
Term Start Oct 2008
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 150
Contractors 25
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description The Brass Symposium is an opportunity for scholars and audience members to interact through presentations, performances and interactive learning.
Budget 3,000-5,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Elderly and/or Disabled
Description The Children's Area (Creation Station,) has a strong art focus with a children's stage featuring young musicians from the area, story time, interactive art installations, multiple hands on activities, instrument petting zoo and a variety of other activities with partner organizations.
Budget 1,000 - 5,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations,
Description We have a number of programs geared towards local school age children, including our elementary school curriculum boxes, pBone instrument program and various performance programs.  
Budget 1,000-5,000
Population Served , ,
Description Bayou & Brass is a New Orleans themed street event with brass bands from New Orleans, food, libations - all celebrating the rich culture of New Orleans.
Budget $5,000
Population Served , ,
Description Run, Ride, Relax is our healthy living series featuring Run for the Brass 5K, Bluegrass Bike Ride and Yoga in the Park.
Budget $2,000
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments The Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that draws people from all over the country.  Our challenge at this point is maintaining a balance between keeping relevant to a younger audience but staying true to our niche market.  We have 20+ events that speak to people of all backgrounds, genders and ethnicities, focusing on free events for all.  As a free festival, we are always looking at more ways to diversify our funding and bring in more donations and partnerships.  We have built up our budget and funding over these past few years and are feeling a strong forward motion in all that we are doing.  
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Danville Boyle County Arts Commission
Community Arts Center
Danville Boyle County Public Library
Danville Independent School District
Boyle County School District 
WHIR Hometown Radio
Heart of Danville
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Aug 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $220,255.00
Projected Expenses $220,255.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$41,500$42,875$36,500
Individual Contributions$112,746$88,410$89,677
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$308$322($3,085)
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$168,568$139,703$149,631
Administration Expense$15,368$17,842$13,126
Fundraising Expense$21,520$18,086$15,335
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.000.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%80%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%14%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$28,840$26,583$26,039
Current Assets$28,260$26,018$25,097
Long-Term Liabilities$0$1,750$0
Current Liabilities$932$689$1,859
Total Net Assets$27,908$24,144$24,180
Form 990s
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 2013 990
2012 990 2012
2011 990 2011
2010 Form 990
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address PO BOX 429
DANVILLE , KY 404230429
Primary Phone 859 319-8426
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Niki Kinkade
Board Chair Michael Strysick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Centre College