New report shows status of recovery at American orchestras

Posted on: November 29, 2021

Orchestras in Recovery: Ticket Sales and Donation Trends, 2019-2021, a newly released study created in partnership by the League of American Orchestras, TRG Arts, and Purple Seven, indicates that U.S. orchestras are showing some signs of revenue recovery as they return to live performances following two seasons of mostly online programming. The report highlights data about ticket sales and individual donations from 27, mostly larger-budget U.S. orchestras, and compares information about the 27 U.S. orchestras with findings about the 125 performing arts organizations participating in the COVID-19 Sector Benchmark, a large global arts and cultural consumer dataset by TRG Arts and Purple Seven. The Orchestras in Recovery report reveals that while ticket sales are still below pre-pandemic levels, donations have increased significantly, with 15 percent coming from first-time patrons. The report also includes findings about advance ticket sales and patron demographics, diversity, and engagement. The report compares ticket sales and donations from individual patrons for November 2020-October 2021 and November 2018-October 2019. Read the Orchestras in Recovery report and learn more here.