Committee proposes nonprofit model for Helena Civic Center

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The Helena Civic Center steering committee will recommend the formation of a nonprofit organization to take over management of the historic venue.

The Helena Civic Center steering committee will recommend the formation of a nonprofit organization to take over management of the historic venue. 

On March 25, the committee voted to recommend that the Helena City Commission “form an advisory board to be focused as a non-profit board of directors and that the non-profit would be responsible for the management of the civic center with a lease agreement with the City of Helena.” The committee plans to make the recommendation during the commission’s April 28 administrative meeting. 

On Dec. 16, the city commission approved a resolution to dissolve the decades-old Helena Civic Center citizen advisory board and form the new steering committee, which is tasked with determining what “programmatic oversight” would look like under any new proposal. 

With the facility hemorrhaging an estimated $400,000 to $500,000 in revenue losses since fiscal year 2020, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, programming has been a key component of the discussions.

Steering committee members Allan R. Scott, who is the music director of the Helena Symphony

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