In the interest of public health and in compliance with local health advisories, orchestras across the United States and Canada have canceled, postponed, or curtailed performances, educational offerings, and other public events. Orchestras in the states of Washington and California were among the first impacted, with orchestras everywhere quickly following suit in mid-March. Where possible, many orchestras are working to reschedule affected performances.
Many organizations have expanded options for ticket exchanges or refunds, while also urging ticket holders to donate the price of their tickets back to the orchestra during this difficult time. Development staff are increasing fundraising efforts and launching dedicated campaigns.
Altered performance schedules will have a negative impact on the financial health of orchestras and other performing arts organizations; the unexpected loss of event-dependent income for musicians is coming into focus and will grow over time.