Survey says recession easing up on Philadelphia cultural institutions

Posted on: April 12, 2010

In Saturday’s (4/10) Philadelphia Inquirer, Stephan Salisbury writes, “The impact of severe recession on the region’s cultural organizations appears to be moderating, according to a survey released Friday by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Single-ticket sales are growing for 37 percent of the surveyed organizations, and 75 percent reported stable or increased individual giving. But nearly half (49 percent) of those surveyed reported reduced government support, and more than a third said they had seen a decline in corporate support. Foundation support declined at 30 percent of the organizations and increased at 19 percent. … The survey, which the alliance is conducting every six months to provide a snapshot of economic activity in the region’s cultural sector, consisted of responses from more than 120 organizations of varying sizes and disciplines, an alliance spokesman said.” Additionally, 43 percent of the organizations have increased programming or expect to soon; 25 percent reported investment losses, compared with 34 percent in October; and eight percent expected staff reductions in the next six months, compared with 40 percent in October.

Posted April 12, 2010