Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to charitable giving, continuing our national tradition of celebrating generosity. As you consider your end of year giving, we hope you’ll remember the impact that the Diablo Symphony Orchestra has had on your life and on our artistic community, and consider making a donation, especially during this tumultuous year.
As we face the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the Arts – including the complete loss of ticket revenue during much of the 2019-20 and possibly the entire 2020-21 season – the support of our sponsors and donors like you has become even more critical. Our organization continues to work with local venues to plan for the resumption of live concerts, as well returning to schools with our Education Outreach Program when safety allows. We are also still committed to ensuring that our employees remain paid during this period, and continue to explore exciting opportunities and collaborations with other artistic organizations in the Contra Costa area and beyond. As you can see from our original plans for the 2020-21 season, the DSO remains strongly committed to programming music that is inclusive of our audience and our artistic community.
Ticket sales have historically made up less than half of the resources required to fund our concerts and other activities. From venue and music rentals, employee costs, hiring of high caliber soloists, and publicity and production expenses, concert operations require a strong financial base that, even in the best of times, cannot be maintained by ticket sales alone. When we can resume our concert activities, we fully intend to continue our ambitious programming with the realization that ticket sales will likely not immediately resume at the level prior to the pandemic. Combined with our potential loss of over a year’s ticket revenue and a general decrease in grant availability for the arts this year, the DSO faces a significant financial challenge.
Recognizing that individuals as well as organizations are facing greater financial challenges at this time, we are asking for your help at whatever level or type of contribution is possible. Your gift will be greatly appreciated!
The Symphony is grateful for our loyal supporters that have allowed the orchestra and its programs to thrive since its founding in 1962. This support has helped us present high quality concerts featuring world-class soloists, offer a “Music in the Schools” program and popular free Family Concert each year, and sustain the annual Yen Liang Young Artists Competition that brings superb young talent to our stage. And as we wait for concerts at Lesher to return, please continue to watch videos from our orchestra musicians and past concerts online!