A message from Pam Conley, loud and clear.
The only way to resurrect our wonderful Symphony is to eliminate the "Buzz" and the "Beadle".
We need NEW leadership. I have no doubt that the current administration is not up to the challenge of raising the money our musicians deserve. They just can't do it with their antiquated marketing techniques, and I use the word loosely.
If a few people from Symphony Strong can make $25,000 in several weeks, a competent administrator and board should easily be able to not only meet the basic needs, but to electrify the community to launch the CSO into the 21st century with innovative ideas and a lot of hard work. We need a complete restructuring of the "way" the CSO does business.
No longer can we wait with cup in hand for the corporations to give us a hand out. We need to actively get them on our side so they WANT to contribute.
Many times the musicians have gone to Tony or Susan and offered to go to Battelle or Nationwide or many others to "play" (for free) for corporate functions or special dinners, only to be turned down flat. We need a RELATIONSHIP with the corporations. And the same is true of the public.
Since our musicians have participated in the "Meet the Musicians" Cafe Concerts, popularity has soared! By making the musicians accessible, the audience feels like they are a part of the Symphony family. They are proud to be a part of this wonderful organization and they will show it by donating.
This is not rocket science.