I think we finally made it! I was really close, but the help of
someone from the American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL) was
decisive to hit the nail on the head. (If I don?t mention him here is
not for lack of gratitude, but because I didn?t ask him for
The closest to what you?re looking for is, I believe, The Wolf Report
and Baumol?s Curse: The Economic Health of American Symphony
Orchestras in the 1990s and Beyond, by Douglas J. Dempster. (Harmony,
FORUM OF THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INSTITUTE, NUMBER 15 ? OCTOBER
In this report, Mr. Dempster analysis the Wolf Report ?and 1966
?Baumol?s Curse?- under the light of recent data, in order to
understand how the evolution of the symphony orchestras? business
followed or differed from Dr. Wolf?s projections.
Very recent figures on the symphony orchestra field can be found at
the Quick Orchestra Facts section at the ASOL website. For the 2002-03
For the 2001-02 Season: http://www.symphony.org/research/facts/index02.shtml
For the 2000-01 Season: http://www.symphony.org/research/facts/index.shtml
The former is a part of the section Research & Statistics, which you
would probably want to visit
Browsing this website, in the bookstore section
(http://www.symphony.org/book/index.shtml ), I found this title (its
description below) which seems to deal with some of the issues your
AMERICAN ORCHESTRA FACT BOOK
?The American Orchestra Fact Book is a compilation of facts and
figures about orchestras in America - their traditions, types of
concerts and attendance patterns, repertoire, work force, and
finances. It is a valuable tool for fund raising, advocacy, and simply
teaching others about the American orchestra. Everyone involved with
an orchestra - whether part of the administrative staff, volunteer
organization, or Board of Directors - should have a copy of this
Below, there are the links to the sources I had told you about in my
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/1/9/185734.shtml A 2004
article on American symphony orchestras situation. Facts: only a
general deficit figure.
http://www.mca.org.au/m15209.htm (Australia) A 1996 article on
Australian orchestras' future. Facts: a few figures about Australian
budgets, subsidies, and comparative salary levels for musicians in
Australia, America and Europe.
A 2002 report on a program for symphony orchestras held by a funding
American organization. Facts: some figures regarding the program's
funds distribution and expenses for the participating orchestras.
A 1997 organizational approach of symphony orchestras challenges in a
wider focus than just financial -which is considered but not
developed). No figures.
http://www.icsom.org/pdf/minits00.pdf International Conference of
Symphony and Opera Musicians (minutes) Facts: a few figures regarding
contributions and salaries for a couple of orchestras.
http://www.princeton.edu/~artspol/webexec.pdf A 1996 report about data
on arts organizations.
And a few others that might be of your interest that I found in my further search:
A 2003 Undergraduate Thesis by Alice Wang at the Princeton University:
?THE AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: RENEWABLE AUDIENCES OR A DYING
The Notes by the Research Division of the National Endowment for the
Arts (http://www.nea.gov/pub/ResearchNotes.html ), particularly the
April 2002 Note #79, ?The Arts in the GDP: Consumers Spend $9.8
Billion on Admissions to Performing Arts Events in 2000?:
I hope you find this information satisfactory. If you have any doubt
about it, please feel free to ask me for clarification.