Monday (1/25) on the Birmingham News website, Michael Huebner reports, “Ticket revenue at the Alabama Symphony rose in 2009, the orchestra announced Monday. Compared with 2008, ASO gained 3.4 percent in subscription revenue, and 41 percent in single ticket revenue, as of Dec. 31. ‘The community continues to respond to the great performances of our musicians under Music Director Justin Brown,’ said Executive Director Curt Long in a statement. He cited increases in MasterWorks, SuperPops, Symphony 7 and Family concerts. But the sluggish economy has taken a toll on other funding sources during the first five months of the 2009-10 season. ASO’s contributions remained ‘essentially flat’ because of decreases in public funding, foundation assets and corporate support. … ASO still has to raise $1.3 million in contributions by June 30, to offset decreases from the State of Alabama and the City of Birmingham, [Long] said.”

Posted January 26, 2010