The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) released its fiscal year 2013 results, which are really amazing in comparison to many other US orchestras. What do we learn about this? The success of an orchestra depends on highest artistic quality, on involvement and commitment of board members and on high standard professional management.

Successful tool: The CSO website

Successful tool: The CSO website

The 2012/13 season marked the CSOA’s third consecutive year of record – breaking fundraising, with ticket sales at an all – time high.

  • 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.

Find more figures and the official CSO press release here


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