Syracuse Symphony raises funds to stay afloat through February

Posted on: February 7, 2011

In Sunday’s (2/6) Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York), Melinda Johnson writes, “With much anticipation and fanfare, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra announced it has raised $473,787 at a Saturday afternoon press conference on the stage of Crouse Hinds Theater in John H. Mulroy Civic Center, its performance hall. This was the first phase of the orchestra’s public fundraising campaign, ‘Keep the music playing,’ which has a target of $1.75 million by August. SSO management announced Jan. 25 the organization was in jeopardy of closing midway through its 50th anniversary season if it could not first raise $375,000 to meet its February payroll and expenses by Friday. With the announcement Saturday, the symphony has exceeded its February goal by $98,787. The SSO received 1,374 donations. … By meeting its $375,000 goal, the music organization can receive the $100,000 the Onondaga County Legislature promised the SSO if it was successful in raising that amount. The SSO will receive another $100,000 when it reaches $445,000 in donations for its March deadline. … The SSO will apply the extra $98,787 in donations to its March budget, making its fundraising goal $346,213 for next month. The total fundraising goal also has been adjusted and is now $1.27 million by August.”

Posted February 7, 2011