Record Year for Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Fundraising and Ticket Sales
CHICAGO-The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) released its fiscal year 2013 results at its Annual Meeting today at Symphony Center. The 2012/13 season marked the CSOA's third consecutive year of record-breaking fundraising, with ticket sales at an all-time high, according to Jay Henderson, chairman, and Deborah F. Rutter, president of the CSOA, who also presented the artistic and financial highlights of the season.
"Under the leadership of Music Director Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's exceptional music making, artistic programming and community engagement initiatives continue to serve audiences of all ages and walks of life," said Rutter. "This is what we are most proud of. While reaching audiences on tour and away from home is crucial to our global presence, it is serving this city that helps define our mission best-bettering the lives of our listeners through music. Our efforts to maintain stable operations while increasing earned and contributed revenue have helped us do just that."
CSOA Chairman Jay Henderson noted, "The CSOA Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining the financial strength of this great institution, while preserving the CSO's legacy of artistic excellence and supporting the vision of our music director, Riccardo Muti. We want to thank our music director, musicians, patrons, staff, donors and volunteers for their commitment to the CSO. It is through our combined efforts that we were able to achieve our excellent results this past year, and also provide a strong foundation for the future of the CSO. Thanks to the dedicated work of everyone in the CSO family and our engaging programming, we experienced record ticket sales and record fundraising results."
Ticket Sales and Earned Revenue for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013*
Ticket sales totaled $22.3 million for 305 CSOA-presented events at Symphony Center, a 4.5% increase over last year's record amount of $21.4 million.
Single-ticket revenue from CSO subscription series was up 15.7% over last year, with concerts sold at 82% paid capacity.
In addition to ticket revenue, other earned revenue of $9.9 million was taken in from tour fees, merchandise sales, space rentals, royalties, recording fees and miscellaneous activities.
Nearly 381,000 tickets were sold for 235 ticketed concerts.
Approximately 557,000 people attended CSOA performances and presentations at Symphony Center and in other venues around Chicago last season, including 173 free events such as Civic Orchestra of Chicago concerts, the CSO's All-Access chamber music programs, education programs and open rehearsals for students and community groups, as well as the CSO's free performance at Millennium Park.
Of the organization's total FY13 operating budget, 85% was spent directly on concerts, programs, and education and community engagement activities.
* Figures exclude concerts at Ravinia or on tour anywhere outside of the Chicago area.
Contributed Revenues for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013
The CSOA ended FY13 with a record level of fundraising for the third consecutive year, raising $29.8 million in annual support-a 6% increase above last year's total of $28.2 million.
Overall fundraising totaled $52 million for FY13, which includes operating support and gifts given directly to the endowment and special projects.
Financial Information for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013
Operating revenues totaled $73.6 million, a 2.6% increase over FY12's $71.8 million.
44% of the Association's operating revenue was from ticket sales and other earned revenue sources.
Operating expenses totaled $73.8 million, resulting in an operating deficit of $169,000, or 0.2%.
Total assets increased by $37 million to $473 million, and net assets increased by $51 million to $266 million, due to an increase in contributions and investment returns.
Endowment investments were $257 million.
Under the oversight of the Investment Committee, the CSOA's long-term endowment returns continue to rank among the highest of comparable funds with a 10-year return in the top 18%.
Artistic Highlights for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013
Noting the artistic highlights of the 2012/13 season, Rutter referenced the free season-opening community concert of Orff's Carmina Burana in Millennium Park for an audience of 7,000-despite the pouring rain-led by Music Director Riccardo Muti. Maestro Muti went on to lead the CSO on tour to New York's Carnegie Hall for its season-opening concerts, and to two cities in Mexico for CSO debuts: Guanajuato and Mexico City. His performances here at home garnered rave reviews and brought tens of thousands to Orchestra Hall, including 10,000 for the four performances of Bach's B-Minor Mass alone. Guest conductors Lorin Maazel, Osmo Vänskä and Edo de Waart graciously stepped in for Maestro Muti in January and February for subscription concerts and on tour to Asia, which included CSO debuts in several important cities there: Taipei, Taiwan; Tianjin, China; and Seoul, South Korea.
The Citizen Musician Initiative expanded its scope here in Chicago and beyond during the 2012/13 season. CSO musicians performed free events here at home and on tour in New York, Mexico, Taiwan and China, including master classes, free recitals, and performances at churches and hospitals. Programming for youth who are incarcerated continued at the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville and was also expanded to the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The Civic Orchestra of Chicago undertook an artistic challenge from Yo-Yo Ma and worked tirelessly to perform a major symphony without a conductor at the end of the season.