“Three of Detroit’s leading arts organizations took another financial hit this week when the Chrysler Foundation announced it would not renew its annual gifts in 2009,” writes Lawrence B. Johnson in Friday’s (3/27) Detroit News. “In a series of personal visits on Tuesday, Chrysler Foundation Vice President Brian Glowiak carried the bad news that the foundation had lost its funding from the automaker and could not make this year’s anticipated contributions of $300,000 to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, $150,000 to the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts and $100,000 to the Michigan Opera Theatre. … DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons said the orchestra has prospects for new foundation grants to fill the budgeting holes created by the sagging economy. ‘This isn’t easy; in fact, it’s scary,’ she said. ‘But our goal is simply to stay in business and be the best we can be for this community. We’re all in this together, and I’m sure that one day Chrysler will be back.’ ”

Posted March 30, 2009

Photo: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, led by Leonard Slatkin
Credit: Donald Dietz