Quick Orchestra Facts (2000-2001)

The 2000-01 Season was a record year for America's orchestras.

Concert Attendance at Record Levels
An estimated 32 million seats were filled in the 2000-01 season - topping 30 million seats for the sixth year in a row and up 16% over ten years ago.

Number of Concerts at All-Time High
In 2000-01, America's 1,200 orchestras gave 36,437 concerts - 10% more than last year, 23% more than five years ago, and 45% more than ten years ago. (This figure does not include concerts by international orchestras touring in the United States.)

Earned Revenue Reaches All-Time High
In 2000-01, America's orchestras earned a record income of $775 million - 5.5% higher than last year, 37% higher than five years ago, and 70% higher than ten years ago.
Concert Ticket Income was up 4.6% over 1999-2000 at $504 million.

Private & Public Support at Record Level
Total support set a record at $560 million - 7.5% higher than last year, 44.5% higher than five years ago, and 75% higher than ten years ago.

Giving by individuals reached $205 million - 8.5% higher than last year, 63.5% higher than five years ago, and 109% higher than ten years ago.

Giving by Businesses and Corporate Foundations exceeded $91.5 million - down 2% from last year, but up 16.5% over five years ago, and up 33.6% over ten years ago.

Independent Foundations provided $69 million in support - 11.3% higher than last year, 67.1% higher than five years ago, and 215% higher than ten years ago.

Only Public Support decreased over the past decade. Orchestras received grants of $61 million - down 6.5% over ten years ago, but up 2.5% over last year. Compared to ten years ago, local government support was up 34%, state support was down 10%, and Federal support was down 28%.

More Surpluses than Deficits

In 2000-01, 51% of the 152 orchestras that reported both this year and ten years ago reported surpluses - the same percentage as in 1990-91. This represents a decline from last year, when 71% of those orchestras reported surpluses. The median surplus this year was $0 compared to $6,500 last year.

This report is based on 186 member U.S. orchestras that participated in the League's 2000-01 Orchestra Statistical Survey. Unless otherwise noted, the amounts reported have been extrapolated to America's 1,200 orchestras. Information for the 600 collegiate and youth orchestras is not included.