What You Can Do
Calgarians can support the Civic in a number of ways, including the obvious by attending our concerts. As noted above, our orchestra members and a small cadre of concert volunteers currently give more than 20,000 hours to the orchestra. We would welcome the involvement of additional volunteers to work with us in support of our concerts, in our fundraising initiatives and in our governance structure either by serving on committees or participating more directly in the Board.
Until 2017, the Board of Directors consisted entirely of orchestra members. In 2017 we amended our bylaws to enable the election of members of the public to the Board and we now have 3 public members. We are looking for more members who have a strong interest in the Civic and our role to provide accessible, high quality symphonic music to a diverse audience of Calgarians. There is also an opportunity for interested members of the public to bring their skills to bear in one of our committees. In that regard, fundraising in the corporate community and among the general public is a priority.
At the present time, just under 42% of our revenue comes directly (fees to play with the orchestra) or indirectly (working casinos or selling raffle tickets) from members of the orchestra. While our box office receipts represent approximately 37% of our total revenue, funds from other sources actually subsidize each concert, in part due to our efforts to maintain accessibility for the general public. Grants from the City and the Province account for 13% of our revenues and private donations account for the final 8% of revenues.
On the expenditure side of the equation, our single largest cost is our concerts at just under $90,000 for our five concerts which consists of our hall rental and ancillary costs as well as those occasions on which we must pay to bring in additional musicians to fill out the orchestra.
The Civic has two part-time staff, our Artistic/Director and Conductor, and our Executive Director. In addition we provide honouraria to some musicians who fill specific roles. We also on occasion must pay fees to additional musicians required to fill out the orchestra and on those occasions where we bring in soloists we must pay them a performance fee. The total of these funds amounts to approximately $66,000.
Our largest administrative costs are $16,000 for marketing and advertising, and $5,000 for office expenses which is largely made up of our cost of renting percussion storage space and space for our music library.
Our total expenditure budget for 2018 – 2019 is just under $195,000.
Our funding priorities are focused on sponsorships which can include season and concert sponsorship, conductor sponsorship, sponsorship of chairs, visiting soloists or your favourite musician. It can also include sponsorship of events such as the “Pop-Up Orchestra” for Alberta Culture Days, the Rotary Calgary Concerto Competition or other events that might include home concerts which can provide increased visibility for the orchestra and income for our musicians.