The Heartland of America Community Choir and Orchestra Organization (HACCO) had its conceptual start with the 2012 Handel's Messiah in Independence held at the historic Stone Church in Independence, Missouri. From the beginning it was decided that the choir members, soloists, directors, accompanists, instrumentalists and other personnel would serve without compensation of any kind for the programs are a gift of love to the community. Also for performances, every person attending would need to have a ticket because of limited seating capacity. However, there would be no charge for the tickets. They would be free.