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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Reports Operating Surplus


The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) has reported an operating surplus in fiscal year 2019, for its third consecutive year. Total operating revenue was $29.5 million compared to operating expenses of $29.4 million, generating a surplus just over $100,000.

Annual fund gifts exceeded $8 million for the first time in the orchestra’s 139-year history, and SLSO experienced its fourth straight year of growth in ticket sales revenue, totaling $9.1 million. The orchestra’s endowment remained strong at $218 million, with distributions from the endowment draw providing approximately 34% of annual income.

SLSO completed a five-year fundraising campaign in fiscal year 2019, surpassing the campaign’s original goal of $70 million by more than $18 million, thanks in part to a $30 million matching gift by the Crawford Taylor Foundation.

SLSO musicians are members of Local 2-197 (St. Louis, MO).

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