The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is managed and operated by the Hobby Center Foundation, formerly known as the Houston Music Hall Foundation. The Foundation is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Hobby Center opened its doors to theatre goers in May 2002. The $100 million performing arts complex was built entirely from private funds donated by the community of Houston, and continues to operate independently of any municipal operating subsidies. The mission of the Hobby Center Foundation is to manage and operate the venue for the benefit of three resident theatrical series: Gexa Energy Broadway series, TUTS and Masquerade Theater. It also supports education and community outreach programming through Uniquely Houston® and the Discovery Series.