Wrestling with $1.5 million deficit this season, management has proposed downsizing from 52 to 31 full-time players. A truncated season (cutting out 12 of the usual 46 weeks of performances—and pay) is also on the table.
The musicians have responded in the expected irate fashion, stating that is a governance problem, not a financial one. (See their statement here.)
By comparison, our own Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra balanced its $26.7 million budget for the fourth straight year in 2006-2007 without any cuts in programming or musical power. (See the ISO annual report here.)
So what is Columbus doing wrong? Or what are we doing right?
Or is there a point where a city just can’t support this sort of arts organization?