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发表于 2010-2-10 06:09:57 |显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 E大调 于 2010-2-10 06:12 编辑

美国五大交响乐团之一的费城交响乐团面临着巨大的财政危机。目前乐团领导们正在采取措施减少破产的危险。 见纽约时报的报道:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/philadelphia-orchestra-after-leadership-vacuum-faces-financial-straits/?hp

  Philadelphia Orchestra, After Leadership Vacuum, Faces Financial StraitsBy DANIEL J. WAKIN

The Philadelphia Orchestra suffered unexpectedly weak ticket sales in the fall, a key orchestra member said — yet another blow in a spiraling financial crisis that has been coupled with a leadership vacuum at one of the world’s elite orchestras.

“The situation is very serious, and the musicians are looking at the situation with management to find the best course of action,” said John Koen, a cellist and the leader of the players committee. Mr. Koen said the poor ticket sales “makes a bad situation a little bit worse.”  Meanwhile, he said, $8 million of a planned $15 million emergency fund has been raised from donors to tide the orchestra over.

“The bridge funding should be enough, if we get it, to get us through this temporary crisis,” he said.
The orchestra’s new president and chief executive, Allison Vulgamore, who has been on the job for barely a month, formally faced the board for the first time on Monday. After a period of having no permanent board chair, executive or music director, a chairman, Richard B. Worley, was appointed last year, leading to the hiring of Ms. Vulgamore, who went to Philadelphia after a long career at the Atlanta Symphony.

No music director has been named since the previous one, Christoph Eschenbach, announced his departure in 2006.  Charles Dutoit is serving as chief conductor.
After her appointment was announced in September, Ms. Vulgamore said one of her chief tasks would be to come up with a new business model for the orchestra.

But even before the board meeting, she had to contend with suggestions that the orchestra might seek protection under bankruptcy laws. The Philadelphia Inquirer last month reported that when asked if the orchestra could face a bankruptcy declaration, Mr. Worley said: “I don’t know the answer. I can tell you our effort is to avoid bankruptcy and to achieve a recovery for the orchestra.”

According to the newspaper, Ms. Vulgamore said: “It isn’t preferable”
Orchestra officials seem to have entered a defensive crouch. Ms. Vulgamore did not respond to several messages from The New York Times. Katherine Blodgett, the orchestra’s vice president for communications and public relations, did not respond over the past two weeks to numerous requests for information about the orchestra’s finances or when the new season’s programs would be announced.

On Tuesday, Ms. Blodgett said “I don’t have anything for you right now,” adding that Ms. Vulgamore was unavailable.
In the fall, the orchestra reported a deficit of $3.2 million on a budget of about $47 million for last season. That shortfall, the orchestra said at the time, could rise to at least $7.5 million this season. Many American orchestras, which depend on donations, grants and endowment income for most of their expenses, are suffering financial woes in the recession.

The Inquirer reported that the orchestra’s endowment stood at $112 million as of Nov. 30, while assets listed in the orchestra’s tax return for the fiscal year ending August 2008 were $143 million. About $5.5 million of the assets were unrestricted, the newspaper said. Unrestricted assets are often used to secure lines of credit.
Orchestra members, too, were reluctant to comment. One spoke on condition of anonymity, saying Ms. Vulgamore had told the players not to speak to outsiders.

“I really don’t know if they have anything up their sleeve,” said the member. “With Allison’s appointment, I’m praying that she has the insight and the spine to do what needs to be done and take control of the situation.”  The player added, “It remains to be seen whether there’s somebody in control.”

The board called in a group of industry experts last spring to help guide it out of the crisis. The task force, led by Thomas W. Morris, a former executive director of the Cleveland Orchestra, issued a report with recommendations. Mr. Morris declined to comment, but one industry official familiar with matters at the orchestra said the board did not appear inclined to accept the recommendations. The comments were offered anonymously because the official was not authorized to discuss the matter.
The musicians’ stated willingness to cooperate with management is significant because of a recent history of labor troubles at the Philadelphia Orchestra.  A year ago, the orchestra announced cuts in salary and staff members, and it had canceled a European tour scheduled for last summer.

On Sunday, the orchestra came in for some ribbing from a columnist in the Inquirer over the catch phrase of its new advertising campaign, “Unexpect yourself.”

“The phrase — unnatural, forced, and heretofore unused in the English language — suggests something confined to boudoirs or bathrooms,” wrote the columnist, Karen Heller.
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发表于 2010-4-10 12:01:22 |显示全部楼层
那么好的交响乐团会有赞助的

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发表于 2010-4-12 17:20:35 |显示全部楼层
令我想起欧洲某些2线乐团。。唉。。

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发表于 2015-1-17 19:25:10 |显示全部楼层
那么好的交响乐团,拉赞助呀,解决财政危机

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发表于 2017-1-11 10:40:11 |显示全部楼层
都危机,它也一样危机!
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