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Who Owns the Symphony? You Do!

The symphony is a gift to yourself, your family, friends and most important, to the entire
Northeast Louisiana region. I am writing to you to ask for a special level of support this
year so that we can keep the symphony alive and well. And, I’m going to tell you why.

It takes about 100 people and $190,000 a year to bring the Monroe Symphony
Orchestra to the stage. In addition to the enjoyment you personally experience when
you attend a performance, having a quality symphony benefits you, and all of us, in
ways about which you may not be aware. For example: when businesses, corporations
and educational institutions look at an area in which to locate, re-locate or to expand,
among the many considerations on their list, they look at what the community has to
offer in the form of arts and culture for their employees’ families — including those
employees they hire locally. Along with other area arts organizations, the MSO is a
capital investment magnet for businesses and jobs. Your gifts and donations make up
about half of the annual funding the MSO needs to keep performing. Here’s how it
breaks down:

Annual Budget

Total annual budget = $190,000

6 concerts $30,000 each = $180,000

Administrative/promotional support = $10,000

Annual Funding

Arts Organizations’ Grants/Donations = 20 – 25%

Ticket Sales and Memberships = 20 – 25%

Fundraising Efforts and Individual Gifts = 50 – 60%

Annual Human Resources

100 volunteers

1 paid staff member

In a time when most small and medium size cities in this country do not have a
symphony orchestra, the MSO is a miracle that you personally can continue to make
happen for us all. A corporate or individual gift of $1,000 to $10,000 — or more, or less
— will help us reach our annual funding goal. MSO is experiencing a shortfall in our
fundraising efforts for 2018 – 2019. You can help.

Please contribute now.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Al Peterson, 2018-19 MSO President


Programs of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra are supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts as administered by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council.