Tuesday, October 20, 2009
From Canada, an inquiry about Shreveporters and the recent Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
I am currently living in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, with a population 1.7x that of Shreveport-Bossier, and we enjoy the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO). In 2008 the WSO maintained 67 core players and had a main subscription series of 12 concerts, a 6-concert series in Brandon, a 21-concert pops series, and Musically Speaking and Sundays with the Family series of five concerts each. The overall budget of the WSO is upwards of $6.1 million annually. By population, this would be equivalent to $3.5 million for the metropolis of Shreveport-Bossier or $3.3 million USD.
Your SSO needs a new marketing plan that will draw enough subscribers and corporate donors in order to meet the portion of the budget that would support paying 25 core musicians. A full-time salary for each musician with benefits should be $26,000 plus $5,000 benefits (20%)= $31,000 ea. x 25 = $775,000 for the total core budget. The current rate of pay per core musician in 2007-'08 was only $17,880.25.
If you divide the core budget above by the population of Shreveport-Bossier City that comes to only $2.06 per citizen... just a paltry sum! Come on Shreveport-Bossier, you can do better than to let your only professional orchestra slide into oblivion.
Support your musicians, people of Shreveport-Bossier!