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May 15, 2014IM -
The Oregon Symphony announced that it brought in more than $7 million in ticket sales this season, setting an organizational record and comprising 50% of the orchestra’s budget. Ticket sale revenue was at $5.5 million at this time last year.
As part of a contract negotiated last year, the musicians have been involved in working with the staff and board on strategic and artistic planning, marketing, and development. The musicians’ ideas and suggestions have provided many organizational benefits, including finding ways to allow the symphony to perform additional revenue-generating concerts. The artistry of the orchestra is at an exceptionally high level, as well. Of the 78 concerts performed this season, 10 sold out.
Oregon Symphony has faced several years of financial difficulty and the musicians have repeatedly been asked to make contract concessions. In the last round of negotiations, the musicians wanted to ensure that they were not just continuing a vicious cycle of pay cuts, but instead wanted to be actively involved in developing strategies to make the organization more efficient and appealing to audiences and funders.