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Accounting, Tax, and Advisory Solutions for Symphony Orchestras

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Accounting Solutions for Symphonies

With decades of experience advising performing arts organizations across the nation, Smith + Howard is proud to serve as a partner to some of the nation’s most treasured symphonies.

Our team works in perfect harmony, offering a variety of accounting, tax, and advisory solutions tailored to the unique needs of your institution.

We’re passionate supporters of the arts, and take a proactive, responsive approach that pairs technical excellence with personalized service to ensure your symphony is well-positioned for lasting success.

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“We use Smith + Howard for our audit, tax and special project work. Their advice and counsel is exceptional. Most recently, without Smith + Howard’s advice, we would have missed out on a $4M refund from a tax incentive program.”

David Seem, CFO, Miller-Zell

Serving Nonprofits for Over 50 Years

At Smith + Howard, our advisors have been serving the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations for over 50 years – and we’re just as excited for the next 50.

Today, symphonies face numerous challenges: from funding cuts and declining ticket sales to navigating complex nonprofit tax regulations and revenue recognition standards. The leadership of an experienced financial conductor is invaluable; and at Smith + Howard, that’s exactly what we provide.

Our team of nonprofit accounting professionals has expertise in subjects ranging from revenue recognition to board governance and federal tax compliance for nonprofits. No matter what challenges or opportunities you face, our goal is the same: to deliver first-class accounting, tax, and advisory services that allow you to operate on a firm financial footing.



Nonprofit Accounting for Symphonies

Consumer interest and engagement in the arts has changed and will continue to do so. To remain successful, symphonies must evolve and adapt, tackling the challenges of today head-on and embracing new opportunities.

Financial success demands the same approach as a memorable performance: harmony, clear leadership, and a relentless focus on excellence. At Smith + Howard, we strive for those goals every day, working closely together to build meaningful solutions for our clients.

Our tax and accounting services for symphonies include:


+ Symphony Accounting Services

A comprehensive approach to symphony accounting demands specialized knowledge.

At Smith + Howard, our team has a proven track record of supporting high caliber performing arts institutions and is excited to bring the collective knowledge from those experiences to your symphony.

+ Tax Preparation for Symphonies

Whether it’s understanding how to track and report unrelated business income or ensuring your symphony remains in compliance with fundraising regulations, our team knows what success looks like.

Smith + Howard’s nonprofit tax professionals work tirelessly to ensure your organization stays in compliance.


+ Symphony Auditing Services

Smith + Howard’s nonprofit assurance team leverages best-in-class technology and unparalleled technical knowledge to deliver in-depth assurance solutions that ensure your symphony is well-positioned for future success.

+ Advisory Services for Symphonies

Unlock new efficiencies in the way your symphony operates with Smith + Howard’s wide range of advisory services.

Access proven financial leadership from our outsourced CFO team, secure confidential donor and employee data with cyber risk assessments, and work to improve a variety of internal processes with new technologies: it’s all within reach with the support of Smith + Howard.

The Smith + Howard Arts and Culture Team

Our dedicated Arts + Culture Team – the best and brightest in the field – oversees all accounting for nonprofits. We use the most efficient methods available and coordinate with the tax and audit teams to streamline processes. Our clients have confidence in our ability to accurately and timely prepare accounting services, advisory services, auditing services, tax provisions, and we do it with genuine care for your organization.

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Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

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Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

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Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

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