Endowment and Memorial Gifts support our mission to maintain and develop a professional symphony orchestra that produces performances of the highest artistic quality and entertains audiences of all ages, and we are deeply grateful for the support of these generous contributions.
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra has undertaken an ambitious philanthropic initiative that will help keep the music playing for generations to come. A strong endowment establishes the Symphony as a bright star in the firmament of our region for years to come. We hope you will partner with us in continuing to create a sustainable source of support for this extraordinary cultural resource.
Forever Symphony! The Campaign for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra has raised over $2 million in endowment funds to keep the SSO vibrant, healthy, and exciting well into the future. The endowment supports innovative programming, rigor and excellence of musicianship, and outreach to new and diverse audiences – ensuring that this extraordinary cultural treasure will continue to thrive and grow in depth, breadth, and intensity.
Last season, people from over 178 cities and towns in 14 different states came to downtown Springfield to share the music at Symphony Hall, with each individual concert bringing together more than 2,000 members of our regional community. In addition, through its Youth Orchestras, Educational Concerts, and Musical Petting Zoo, the SSO gives more than 16,000 young people a chance to hold and learn about an instrument, learn to play, or simply learn to love the sound of music.
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra serves as an economic catalyst for the city of Springfield as well. A 2007 study by the Springfield-based Business Friends of the Arts placed the economic impact of the SSO at nearly $4 million, including $1.9 million in direct economic impact (reflecting wages and salaries, purchasing, capital investments and other outlays), as well as $1.8 million in indirect economic impact (reflecting such elements as restaurant and hotel revenues impacted by the SSO’s operations).
Like most nonprofit organizations, however, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra depends on philanthropic support to fund innovation. Despite our near-capacity audiences, ticket sales are not enough to fund growth or even support the status quo. An orchestra does not thrive, or even survive, on ticket sales alone. In fact, only 35% of the SSO’s annual income derives from ticket revenue.
A more financially robust Springfield Symphony Orchestra with an enhanced endowment has the ability to recruit and retain great talent, take our performances out into the Pioneer Valley, bring music into our schools, and offer pride and a sense of great potential to all of the people in our community.
Special gifts can be made in honor of a loved one, or in celebration of a special event such as a birthday or anniversary. Memorial gifts are recognized in a special section of Encore, the SSO Program Book and all appropriate acknowledgements are done by the SSO.
For information regarding the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Endowment, or offering a Memorial Gift please contact Development Director Susan Beaudry at SBeaudry@springfieldsymphony.org or (413) 733-0636 x111.