How to File as a Nonprofit in 6 Steps: For Choruses and Choral Consortia

Tori Cook September 06, 2017

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How to file as a nonprofit


Establishing your chorus or choral consortia as a nonprofit isn't difficult but it does take time and staff resources. Luckily, there are plenty of resources available online to make this process easier!


How to File as A Nonprofit in 6 Steps

  1. File your state’s “articles of incorporation” forms
  2. Create bylaws
  3. Hold first official board meeting and appoint officers
  4. Apply for federal tax exemption and state tax exemption
  5. Open a bank account
  6. Keep track of records digitally or physically





  • Ask a singer who practices as a lawyer for help or consider hiring a lawyer to solidify the process. Look for low cost options such as “attorneys for the arts” who provide pro bono services for nonprofits.
  • Rotate and stagger board positions every two or three years for continuity.
  • Remember to file your nonprofit at both the federal and state level.
  • Check with your state laws regarding nonprofit incorporation.


These resources were originally compiled for our Ultimate Guide to Starting a Choral Consortium.

The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Choral Consortium

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Tori Cook

Tori Cook is the Director of Marketing at Chorus Connection. She directs the Harborlight Show Chorus and is President of Chorus pro Musica in the Boston area. When not making music, she daydreams about adopting a golden retriever puppy and scuba diving to exotic locations around the world.

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