Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings (DCWS) has become a champion of administrative collaboration in pursuit of artistic excellence. To that end, DCWS has been sharing this alternative business model with additional small to midsized non-profit organizations since 1992.
DCWS, founded in 1982, works in collaboration with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (since 1992). The organizations maintain separate missions, boards of directors, financial reporting, and 501(c)(3) status. Yet they share staff, equipment, and office space.
In 2003, DCWS extended its leadership, education, finance, public relations and marketing management services to additional institutions that desired to benefit from shared resources.
The collaboration among many arts organizations enables DCWS to attract and retain professional staff with specialized skills.
To clarify the relationship between its performing ensemble and its collaborative business model, a separate LLC was formed to oversee the management services piece of the DCWS business. This LLC, which is wholly owned by DCWS, has become the ArtOps we know today.