Professional Company Membership
Obtain expert advice and assistance:
  • Benefit from counsel on a broad range of issues, including production, marketing and public relations, education, fundraising, long-range planning and board building.
  • Receive consultations by telephone, in person and through referrals with noted peers.
  • Obtain visa support letters for international artists engaged to perform with your company.
Gain visibility:
  • Publicize performances through the online Schedule of Performances database, OperaLink e-newsletter and quarterly Opera America Magazine.
  • Be included in OPERA America’s online membership database, which provides a link to your company’s website.
  • List new operas and music-theater works in the online North American Works Directory.
  • Advertise sets, costumes, titles, props and other materials for rental or sale in the online Production Directory free of charge.
Get funding:
  • After one year of active membership, apply for all available granting opportunities through OPERA America at operaamerica.org/Grants.
Access exclusive information:
  • Be included in the Future Season Survey, available only to Professional Company Members, for assistance in planning co-productions.
  • Access our Technical Production Directory and Career Guide for Opera, online databases that allow you to search for sets, props and costumes, post auditions and find contact information for companies, artist managers and educational institutions.
  • Access OPERA America’s research services, including proprietary benchmarking statistics on aspects of company operations, human resources issues, information about past productions of particular operas, peers to contact about commissioning an opera and other topics.
  • Access data from OPERA America's many field-wide surveys.
  • Request OPERA America staff to perform small research projects to address specific needs.
  • Communicate with peers by mail, telephone and e-mail to benefit from a regular exchange of information and resources among the various professional specialties.
  • Help shape the agenda of OPERA America's seminars, Forums, annual conferences and special publications.
  • Network with colleagues, opera company staff and trustees at the annual conference and regional meetings, including special sessions on education, finance, fundraising, marketing and public relations, research and trustees.
Receive member publications:
  • Stay apprised of the latest opera company news and current events in the field through our quarterly Opera America Magazine. This full-color magazine extends our commitment to the art form with thoughtful and thought-provoking essays, in addition to listings that document the artistic vigor in the opera field. The winter issue includes the Annual Field Report, a concise statistical look at the state of opera in North America.
  • Access the Professional Company Member Directory, an online directory of contact information, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses, for over 500 principal administrative, technical and production staff members at our Professional Company Members.
  • Browse OPERA America’s comprehensive archives, which contain hundreds of articles, podcasts and videos. This is a rich resource of information for artists, administrators and opera patrons alike.
Access exclusive information:
  • Be included in the Future Season Survey, available only to Professional Company Members, for assistance in planning co-productions.
  • Access our Technical Production Directory and Career Guide for Opera, online databases that allow you to search for sets, props and costumes, post auditions and find contact information for companies, artist managers and educational institutions.
  • Access OPERA America’s research services, including proprietary benchmarking statistics on aspects of company operations, human resources issues, information about past productions of particular operas, peers to contact about commissioning an opera and other topics.
  • Access data from OPERA America's many field-wide surveys.
  • Request OPERA America staff to perform small research projects to address specific needs.
  • Communicate with peers by mail, telephone and e-mail to benefit from a regular exchange of information and resources among the various professional specialties.
  • Help shape the agenda of OPERA America's seminars, Forums, annual conferences and special publications.
  • Network with colleagues, opera company staff and trustees at the annual conference and regional meetings, including special sessions on education, finance, fundraising, marketing and public relations, research and trustees.
Save:
  • Reserve space up to one year in advance at the National Opera Center for auditions and meetings, and receive savings on all rentals.
  • Post unlimited free job listings on the OPERA America website.
  • Receive substantial discounts on conference registrations and advertising in our magazine and digital communications.
  • Access Club Quarters, a chain of private hotels offering economical rates in major cities.
  • Use facilities in the National Opera Center in New York to check e-mail or hold meetings.
  • Receive a 100 percent waiver of the setup fee for InstantEncore, which enables arts organizations of all sizes to engage patrons with their own branded apps for Apple, Android and the mobile web.
Advocate for Opera:
  • Be heard in Washington, D.C. on the issues that matter to opera. OPERA America represents the opera field on a wide range of issues, including appropriations for cultural agencies, tax policy for nonprofits and more in front of Congress, the White House and federal agencies.
  • Receive timely action alerts on pressing policies and legislation that impact the field.
  • Receive automatic membership in the Performing Arts Alliance (OPERA America is a founding member) and get monthly legislative updates.
  • Meet with members of Congress. OPERA America’s government affairs office will coordinate meetings for members visiting the Washington, D.C. area and provide advocacy training.
Support your trustees:
  • Invite one or more board members to participate in the National Trustee Forum.
  • Send trustees to special sessions on governance issues at the annual conference.
Professional Company Member Qualification
To qualify for Professional Company Membership status, your company must:

1. Be an independent 501(c)3 corporation or part of a larger 501(c)3 whose repertory includes opera/music-theater and whose primary mission is the enrichment of the community through the production and performance of opera/music-theater.

2. Produce and perform at least one staged or semi-staged work each season, before a paying audience, during the current season and each of the immediately preceding two seasons.

3. Employ paid management of at least one full-time equivalent. FTE: 40hrs/week.

4. Engage and pay professional performers and other artists.

5. Able to provide audited financial statements, a financial review and/or a completed IRS Form 990.

OPERA America reserves the right to request additional information from prospective professional company members.

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To verify eligibility and fill out an application to join, please contact Vincent Covatto, organizational membership manager, at 646.699.5237 or by e-mail at VCovatto@operamerica.org.

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