An anonymous commenter sent this link (search results of Columbus Symphony NEA grants) listing all NEA grants recently given to the Columbus Symphony and related arts organizations in the Columbus area.
The Columbus Symphony definitely got NEA funding, as recently as 2005, thereby exposing the CSO administration's failure to apply for and claim NEA's stimulus money. The CSO would not have qualified for the money is if they had never received NEA funding in the past. This is definitely not the case.
The musicians could have had a raise, at least for a year, if that money had been applied for by CSO management (who were paid full salaries during the "work stoppage" last year). The deficit could have been reduced. Our most generous benefactor could have been relieved of some financial support for us this year.
I'd like to ask the Columbus Symphony administration publicly, "Why did we not receive any of that money? Did you apply for it? If not, why not?"
Please feel free to contact the CSO and ask them yourself. The number is 614-228-9600.