Onondaga County approves $120,000 for new, musician-owned orchestra in Syracuse

Posted on: October 4, 2012

In Wednesday’s (10/3) Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York), Rick Moriarty reports, “Onondaga County lawmakers voted today to give a newly forming Syracuse symphony $120,000 to help get it off the ground. Legislators voted 15-2 to give Musical Associates of Central New York Inc., a newly formed non-profit organization, three monthly payments of $40,000 each, starting with one this month. … The group is scheduled to perform publicly for the first time at State University College at Oswego Oct. 10 and to perform with the Syracuse Opera in the Crouse-Hinds Theater in the Oncenter in Syracuse on Oct. 19 and Oct. 21. Deputy County Executive William Fisher said the organization will announce its new name and perform as a stand-alone organization for the first time in December. … The city’s long-time symphony, the Syracuse Symphony, went bankrupt last year. It had an annual operating budget of nearly $7 million. The new group will be owned by its musicians and is projecting a more modest first-year budget of between $1.5 million and $2 million. As owners, the musicians will be paid only if there is money left over after all other operating costs are paid, according to a business plan submitted to the Legislature.”

Posted October 4, 2012