According to this new survey of Britain’s professional orchestras, Audiences for Britain’s orchestras are up, despite cuts to public funding. But orchestra leaders have warned that they are becoming increasingly dependent on donations for survival as a growing preference for cheaper tickets, combined with cuts in public spending, puts pressure on orchestras’ finances, with overall budgets down since 2010.
Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of Liverpool Philharmonic and Chair of the ABO, said “Britain’s orchestras are doing better than expected in difficult circumstances. They are reaching a growing number of people in concerts and performances, and taking music to hundreds of thousands of children and others in the community…But funding cuts and falling income from tickets and hires are making it harder and harder for our orchestras to protect their core product: their world-leading artistic excellence. So far, they have succeeded in increasing donations and sponsorship to partly plug the hole, and most have been able to keep their head above water for another year.”
The full report of “The State of Britian’s Orchestras in 2013” is available for download on ABO’s official website.