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Marsh no longer title sponsor of Symphony on the Prairie

May 23, 2017

Marsh Supermarkets, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, is no longer the title sponsor for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony on the Prairie summer concert series.

The ISO confirmed the end of the long-term partnership Monday, but declined to comment beyond a statement it issued.

“The Indianapolis Symphony is grateful for the 35 years of support Marsh provided for Symphony on the Prairie,” the statement read. “While Marsh will no longer be serving as the title sponsor, all Symphony on the Prairie concerts this summer will proceed as scheduled.”

The 2017 lineup includes 28 performance from June 16 through Sept. 3. In 2016, more than 111,000 patrons attended the 28 concerts in the series.

The grocery chain has sponsored the annual outdoor concert series that takes place at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers every year since its inception in 1982.

After years of store closures following its 2006 purchase by Sun Capital Partners, Marsh on May 11 filed to reorganize under the protection of bankruptcy, saying it would shutter its remaining stores if it cannot find a buyer for all or parts of the chain. Bids will be taken until June 7, with an auction set for June 12.

In August 2015, Marsh agreed to renew its Symphony on the Prairie sponsorship through the 2018 season.

ISO officials have repeatedly declined to disclose the value of the sponsorship deal. According to the organization's annual reports, Marsh has contributed at least $100,000 annually since 2012.

It's also unclear how much of the most recent three-year sponsorship deal Marsh has paid to the ISO. According to the ISO’s financials, Marsh has been required to pay a certain percentage of the sponsorship every year.

When the ISO announced the schedule for the 2017 season in February, Marsh was still considered the title sponsor. Since then, Marsh has been removed from the corporate sponsor page on the ISO’s website.

ISO officials are expected to announce “details on the new era” of the series on Wednesday.

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