The final form and extent of the partnership between these two institutions has changed somewhat from what was initially announced. City Center and Carnegie Hall will maintain their own separate board of directors and non-profit status, as had always been planned, but the new Partnership Board of Trustees envisaged as an umbrella governing structure over the two institutions has been abandoned. And while joint marketing and fundraising efforts may happen in the future, the statement this week said clearly that all capital campaign fundraising for renovating City Center will be done by that venue itself.
The primary focus of the partnership will be on artistic collaborations — joint presentations by Carnegie and City Center. The initial projects will be joint festivals that encompass dance, theater (including musicals), concert music and possibly other art forms. The first of these festivals is currently planned for the fall of 2008; details of the programming will be announced the preceding January.