Many divisions shatter 2011 levels, surpass goals
Number of donors doubled since 2010 pre-strike level

Detroit, (September 17, 2012) – Just 16 months since returning to the stage at historic Orchestra Hall, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has triumphed not only in meeting its highly ambitious fundraising goal of $12.32 million, but also in surpassing pre-strike annual fund contributions ($11.5 million raised in fiscal year 2010.)

“It is highly unusual for an orchestra’s philanthropic support to rebound so quickly,” said DSO Executive Vice President Paul Hogle. “Our fundraising success this year is a testament to metro Detroit citizens and how strongly they believe in the DSO’s bright future. Now more than ever, we are so very proud to call ourselves a community-supported orchestra.”

These extraordinary results represent remarkable increases in giving, as well as a dramatic expansion of the DSO donor base. The current number of donors stands at 9,287, which is 15 percent higher than the abbreviated 2010-11 season and a 100 percent increase over the 2009-10 campaign. Among these new donors are 130 new Governing Members, (voting members of the organization who give $2,500 or more) bringing the roster of this new group to 271 in only its second year.

Board giving accounts for $2.1 million of the total amount raised with the average board gift at about $25,000. Corporate fundraising levels have returned to that of the 2009-10 season with a $390,000 increase over last season, representing 25 percent growth. The net contribution from projects of the Volunteer Council earned $93,678, which is nearly $30,000 over goal.

The goal for donations related to special events was crushed by a whopping 122 percent, grossing $1.3 million thanks to such wildly successful fundraisers as the annual Classical Roots gala and concert, this year honoring Dr. Arthur Johnson; the season-end Heroes Gala, dedicated to board member Lloyd Reuss; and a very special sold-out, one-night-only performance with Kid Rock.

Monday, August, 27, 2012 was the highest-grossing opening ticket sales day in the history of the Max M. Fisher Music Center, which puts the DSO’s 2012-13 season (which officially begins Sept. 28)

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on trend to set revenue records before the Orchestra even plays its first note.

The 2013 annual fund campaign, with a goal of $12.865 million, is now under way.

About the DSO:

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season. The DSO offers a performance schedule that includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit www.dso.org


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