The League of American Orchestras has announced key findings from its most recent COVID-19 Impact Survey. Approximately 200 orchestras across all budget groups participated in the League’s third COVID-19 Impact Survey, which opened on February 22 and closed on March 11. Key findings include:
• 23% of orchestras are currently offering performances with a live, in-person audience.
• Over two-thirds (67%) are offering streaming performances.
• 43% of respondents anticipated resuming concerts with live, in-person audiences in the early fall (17% in September and 26% in October).
• Programming in the 2021-22 season will continue to be weighted somewhat toward chamber orchestra and small ensembles (64% and 58% respectively) rather than full-orchestra performances (49%). The largest-budget orchestras are an exception: 80% anticipate programming for full orchestra.
• Orchestras expect halls to be on average at 42% of capacity when audiences return in person.
• Not all orchestras have been able to perform this year: nearly one-third (28%) are not offering any performances—live or streamed. For smaller-budget orchestras, that percentage rises to 56%.
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