Orchestra Kentucky preparing for cuts

Posted on: March 10, 2009

“A city budget reduced by dwindling tax revenue spells hard times for a number of nonprofit agencies that are seeing other funding sources dry up as well,” writes Jim Gaines in Sunday’s (3/8) Bowling Green Daily News (Ohio). “The agencies that normally compete for a slice of city support learned this week that there probably won’t be anything left for them in the budget year that starts in July—and that they shouldn’t even bother to apply now, the time when they usually began filling out lengthy applications. The national recession that’s cutting into city tax revenues may cost Orchestra Kentucky—formerly the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra—more than just $10,000 in city backing, Music Director Jeff Reed said. The city only provided a fraction of the orchestra’s $700,000 annual budget, but ticket sales and private donations may well drop off too as hard times hit the area, he said. … He expects to rely more on the orchestra’s loyal audience, and did get good news from the Kentucky Arts Council. Though that state agency is taking cuts too, it doesn’t plan on reducing grants to individual arts organizations, he said.”
Posted March 10, 2009