Seattle Symphony Posts Increase in Ticket Sales but Continued Deficit

Classic Arts News   Seattle Symphony Posts Increase in Ticket Sales but Continued Deficit
 
Strong ticket sales for the Seattle Symphony haven't resulted in a balanced budget, reports The Seattle Times.

The orchestra sold almost $11 million in concert tickets for the current season (between September and March), which was higher than the total ticket revenues for each of the last two seasons, according to the paper.

But despite the fact that revenue from the sale of tickets for the 2006-07 season is expected to break the all-time sales record of $11,169,090 (set in the orchestra's 2003-04 centennial season), SSO management expects its deficit to be $2.3 million for this season, according to the Times. That would bring the orchestra's total deficit (since 2001-02) to $5.5 million.

The Times cites various factors; of particular significance is that the three-year, $5 million gift from the Charles Simonyi Fund for the Arts and Sciences has run out and other donors have not stepped forward with equivalent donations.


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