Annual fundraising for operations tops $18.9 million, donor base doubles

DETROIT, (October 8, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that its 2013 Annual Fund campaign set a record-breaking pace by raising more than $18.9 million in the fiscal year ending August 31, 2013. This represents a 43 percent increase compared with the 2012 campaign, which

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raised $13.2 million. Over $6 million of the total came from the exceedingly generous giving of DSO directors and trustees.

“I want to recognize the dedication of our past two DSO board chairmen, Stanley Frankel and Jim Nicholson, who led a special fundraising effort that enabled this outstanding outcome,” said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons.

An imperative part of the campaign’s success is owing to a rapidly growing donor base that has doubled since the 2011 campaign. In just two years, the DSO giving community has grown from 4,500 to the current 10,250, exceeding 10,000 for the first time in a decade.

“Today is a new day in Detroit. It’s a day when DSO subscription sales are up for every product, when world-wide audiences numbering in the hundreds of thousands tune in to watch live and encore webcasts, and it’s a day when a steady stream of talented musicians audition for the chance to earn a prestigious position on the DSO roster,” said Paul W. Hogle, Executive Vice President. “It’s also a day when we set and achieve remarkably ambitious fundraising goals, paving the way for the prospect of the first DSO balanced budget since 2007.”

Corporate and Foundation giving were up 12 percent and 11 percent respectively, totaling $5.9 million, an 11.5 percent increase over the 2012 campaign. Special event fundraising topped $750,000, while the DSO Volunteer Council raised an additional $125,000, both increases over 2012 campaign results.

These fundraising results will continue to position the DSO among the very top echelon of American orchestra campaigns and are a key element of achieving a balanced budget in fiscal year 2013. Although the annual audit will not be finalized until early December, two requisites in reaching a balanced budget (outlined in Blueprint: 2023, the DSO’s 10-year plan revealed at last December’s Annual Meeting) were fundraising of $18.9 million and ticket sales of $6.25 million – revenue targets that were both reached successfully.


The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, 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 and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.


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