Danish orchestra averts closure with crowdfunding campaign

Posted on: January 29, 2015

“The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, which was on the brink of shutting down after funding for the ensemble was canceled, has raised enough money from private donations to keep the orchestra open,” writes Jaime Prisco on Wednesday (1/28) at Classicalite.com. “The DNCO learned last year that on Jan. 1, 2015, it would be shut down due to budget cuts. The short notice announcement came as a surprise to the 75-year-old ensemble, which employs 42 musicians as well as an artistic team…. The group started a Kickstarter campaign to raise 3 million Danish kroner”—equivalent to roughly US$455,000—“to help get the money to stay open…. The orchestra received more than a third of the money from supporters but hit a snag when a Kickstarter rule prevented it from allowing single donations of more than 50,000 kroner. Subsequently, the orchestra canceled its Kickstarter campaign and asked everyone who had already pledged money to resubmit its cash in other forms before Feb. 28, and it seems to have worked.…  Public support and private donations have made it so the DNCO is able to continue to stay open.… The first benefit concert will be conducted by the orchestra’s chief conductor Adam Fischer on Feb. 1.”

Posted January 29, 2015