Milwaukee Symphony’s allocation from local arts fund rises to $2.6 million

Posted on: September 29, 2014

In Thursday’s (9/25) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), Mary Louise Schumacher reports that Milwaukee’s United Performing Arts Fund “announced its allocations Wednesday to support local performing arts groups, including $8,853,307 to help fund the core operations of its 15 member organizations. The largest percentage increase this year went to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, which received $1,634, 685 compared with $1,235, 334 last year…. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, which gets the largest slice of the UPAF pie each year, also got a significant increase with $2,633,641 this year, compared with $2,303,246 last year. That amount includes $225,000 earmarked for the group by three large corporate donors for the symphony’s ‘emergency campaign.’ The funds were given to help with the symphony’s financial stability while ensuring certain conditions are met…. The UPAF allocations are determined by formulas tied to the performing arts groups’ level of investment and support of the annual UPAF campaign, as well as financial and organizational performance. The independent committee that makes the decisions was expanded this year to include UPAF’s largest corporate donors, including individuals from Northwestern Mutual, Johnson Controls, We Energies, Robert W. Baird & Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Ashton Group.”

Posted September 29, 2014