Syracuse Symphony seeks $300,000 to match board donation

Posted on: March 22, 2010

In Thursday’s (3/18) Post Standard (Syracuse, New York), Melinda Johnson writes, “Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, like music organizations nationwide, has not escaped the economic downturn. And, there are no guarantees of government funding and corporate contributions for the orchestra, which will celebrate its 50th concert season in 2010-2011. The times are challenging, is the refrain echoed by Edward Kochian, SSO’s interim director, and Rocco Mangano, board chairman. The two have spoken with state legislators and U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei. But with state and federal governments wrestling with budget crises, no promises can be made. … The orchestra is returning to a reliable source from the past. A solicitation letter will be mailed Friday to current and former donors seeking $300,000 in contributions, to be matched by the symphony’s board. The goal of $600,000 will be used for day-to-day operating expenses for the 2009-2010 season, said Nicki Inman, vice president of patron development. While there is no fundraising deadline, Inman hopes the goal is met by June, well before SSO’s fiscal year ends Aug. 3.”

Posted March 22, 2010