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Financial and Statistical Analysis of 50 Canadian Orchestras: 2004-05 to 2010-11

Prepared for Orchestras Canada

September 10, 201210 September 2012

This report and two presentations were prepared by Kelly Hill using data submitted by 50 members of Orchestras Canada. The resources (available below in pdf form) focus on the changes in the situation of Canadian orchestras more than the current financial state of orchestras.

  • The presentation at the 2012 National Orchestras Meeting in Montreal on May 27 highlighted the overall situation of Canadian orchestras as well as regional differences between 2004-05 and 2010-11. The audio and slideshow of this presention are also available on Youtube.
  • The webinar conducted on May 9 provided details about changes in the situation of smaller orchestras between 2004-05 and 2010-11. This webinar’s audio and slideshow are also available on Youtube.
  • The initial report prepared for Orchestras Canada provided the greatest level of detail but concluded with 2009-10 data (rather than the updated 2010-11 data in the two presentations).

Total revenues of the 50 orchestras equalled $158 million in 2010-11, with earned revenues accounting for the largest share (37%), followed by government revenues (34%) and private sector fundraising (29%).

After inflation, there was a 10% growth in operating revenues between 2004-05 and 2010-11, with government revenues growing the most (by 13%), followed by private sector fundraising (9%) and earned revenues (8%). Among detailed revenue components, individual donations increased the most (by 43%).

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