The Indianapolis Symphony posted its second straight surplus in 2013-14, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports, lifted by strong fundraising and a 16 percent increase in ticket sales.
And the Detroit Symphony posted a small surplus, Detroit News reports, with growth in ticket sales and donations.
Soon after hiring Courtney Lewis as its next music director, the Jacksonville Symphony named Robert Massey its next president and CEO, the Jacksonville Daily Record reports. Soon after that announcement, the orchestra and musicians reached a 3-year agreement with incremental raises, the Florida Times Union reports.
This season is Victor Sawa's last as music director of the Saskatoon Symphony, and as Global News reports, the search for his replacement is well underway. His last message to Saskatoon: "I'll miss you guys, have me back!"
And SSO musician Stephanie Unverricht, a Saskatoon native, has designed school programs to educate and inspire students in her city, Global News reports.
The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation will give $38 million to the Woodruff Arts Center, including $8 million to the Atlanta Symphony endowment, WQXR reports. The ASO's 9-week lockout ended last month with an agreement that reduced the orchestra's size.
Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM 1st VP. http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php.
This week's bulletin is in two parts, with this first part focused on press coverage of the crisis at Orchestra London.
After Orchestra London cancelled concerts through year's end, a flurry of press reports speculated that the orchestra might cease operations and go into bankruptcy. Executive director Joe Swan and board chair Joseph O'Neill tried to minimize those worries in an interview with the London Free Press last Tuesday, but could not rule out bankruptcy. Meanwhile, the orchestra continued to rehearse for a benefit concert last Wednesday.
On Wednesday, December 10th the orchestra held an emergency meeting with city hall staff, and Swan told CTV News that he would seek an immediate advance from the city, of roughly half its annual operating grant of $500,000. Mayor Matt Brown said he had not yet seen the orchestra's financial statements, but doubted that emergency funding would be offered from the city.
That same day, Swan spoke to Musical Toronto in detail about the orchestra's challenges, and expressed hope that the municipal council might still approve funding at its meeting on December 16th.
The new shortfalls included $110k in back payroll taxes owed to the CRA, CTV News reported. Councillors Phil Squire and Harold Usher (speaking to AM980) expressed grave concern about the orchestra's financials. The city council indicated it would now hear a presentation from board chair Joe O'Neill on Thursday. Board members themselves could be liable for the back taxes, AM980 also reported.
"The organization has really put the musicians in the worst position possible, and in turn the people of London," Coun. Tanya Park said. Others expressed hope that a new organization would take its place. Coun. Phil Squire said: "I'll be supporting an orchestra in the future. That being said, Mr. O'Neill, I would prefer that organization not have you involved in it, given what I've seen of your management of the board."
Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM 1st VP.http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php.
The London Free Press obtained an internal message from Orchestra London Board Chair Joe O'Neill, describing the orchestra's finances as "precarious" while expressing confidence in Executive Director Joe Swan. O'Neill warns that "further restructuring to reduce expenses is inevitable."
The Cleveland Orchestra posted close to a $1 million surplus last season, with record fundraising and a surge in attendance, the Plain Dealer reports. The success came as the orchestra launched a new initiative to bring in young people, and toured Europe and the US.