The Bushnell and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra Announce New Affiliation
The Board of Directors of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and The Board of Trustees of The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts each voted this week to pursue a strategic collaboration through a two-year management services contract.
Under the agreement, the HSO and The Bushnell will remain independent, 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations. The HSO is contracting for management services from The Bushnell through an agreement that runs through the summer of 2016. The agreement will provide the HSO with enhanced financial reporting and management; human resources management and processes; office space, clerical and IT services; marketing and box office services; and education and programming delivery support. The current HSO staff will be relocated to The Bushnell's offices on Capitol Avenue in Hartford in August 2014.
In addition to the back-office services, The Bushnell will provide principal management during the initial term of the arrangement, including fundraising, governance support and the services of David Fay, who will serve as an interim CEO for the HSO in addition to continuing his ongoing duties as CEO of The Bushnell.
Carrie Hammond will be stepping aside as CEO next week when David Fay assumes the role. Carrie Hammond served as interim CEO for the HSO from May - October 2011 during Music Director Carolyn Kuan's first season with the organization, and has been CEO since May 2012. During her tenure, the orchestra developed numerous successful community initiatives, including CityMusic, the Musicians Care Project, the LIFE project, and Bachtoberfest.
"While there have been many prior discussions about realigning the HSO to work more closely with The Bushnell, the timing finally seems right", said HSO Board Chairman James S. Remis. "Through our shared vision of the value of classical music to our community and an appropriate structure to operate more efficiently, we hope to create a successful new cultural model for Greater Hartford and perhaps the nation."
"We are committed to the success of the HSO and believe there is great opportunity for both organizations in working more closely together. We have been extremely fortunate and take tremendous pride in having the HSO as resident company at The Bushnell for the past 70 years," said Bushnell Board of Trustees President Robert E. Patricelli. "In the new model we are creating, The Bushnell is renting not just its performances halls, but its infrastructure and senior management, while the HSO remains an independent organization."