We all know public funding for the arts is hard to come by in the US, certainly more so than in Europe. And that recent economic downturns have made getting funding that much harder. So I think it's pretty good news that the development director of the Columbus Symphony announced a strong increase in the CSO's funding as well as its overall business rating. Good news that hopefully bodes well for future public and especially private support. Here's the note listing the news and the numbers:
Dear CSO Musicians,
We are pleased to inform you that the 2012 grant award from the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) has increased to $89,774 for their new grant period. This is a 37.5% increase from last year’s award of $65,200, so this is excellent news for the Symphony. This is a result of several factors, the two most important being an increase in OAC’s state funding by $4 million for the 2012-2013 biennium, and the commendable turnaround in the financial stability and operations of the CSO.
You will be interested to know that our scores for the OAC Panel Meeting review increased from a master score of 71 in the previous grant application process to a master score of 85 for this year’s review. By far the largest point increase was in the area of “Organizational/financial merit” which indicated a much stronger confidence in the CSO’s financial and management stability. The Panel also commented favorably on our high quality artistic product, innovative use of technology, strong increase in ticket and subscription sales, and extensive education programs.
This vote of confidence from OAC carries substantial weight in demonstrating the Symphony’s public value to the community.
Director of Development
Columbus Symphony Orchestra