Symphony Nova Scotia prioritizes careful financial management. More than 73% of all annual costs are directed onstage, allowing the orchestra to perform over 50 times per year to more than 50,000 Nova Scotians, including 15,000 young music lovers.
Revenue and expenditures
Our financial statements are released annually at our Annual General Meeting, held each fall. To stay up to date, sign up for our e-newsletter here to get our financial information sent directly to your inbox.
Orchestras across Canada served audiences totaling over 2.3 million in 2005-06. A study recently published by Hill Strategies Research states that 10% of Canadians aged 15 or over attended a symphonic or classical music performance during 2005. This is an increase from 8% of the population in 1992.
Another study by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) showed that in 2005 the cultural sector generated approximately $2.1 billion for the economy of Atlantic Canada, and approximately $33 billion nationally.
Learn more about giving
We'd love to hear from you! To find out more about supporting your Symphony, please contact:
Acting Director of Development, Symphony Nova Scotia
902.421.1300, ext. 228
HRM Arts Funding
In May 2012, an opinion piece appeared in the Chronicle Herald regarding the funding crisis for the arts in HRM. The arts are consistently better funded throughout Canada compared to Halifax; in fact, "other cities’ symphonies get funding in the $250,000 to $500,000 range, every year. Halifax has provided [Symphony Nova Scotia] an average grant of $17,916 since 2005." Even London, Ontario, a city smaller than Halifax, "invests $1.5 million in arts, and $500,000 goes to the symphony."
The issue, according to the article, is that HRM lacks the right kind of funding program. The funding process for cultural and community events in HRM grants everything from arts to affordable housing and security, therefore making institutions like Symphony Nova Scotia and Neptune Theatre compete against organizations like Scouts Canada and Adsum House.
To ensure a vibrant arts community in HRM, make sure to contact your councillor, and talk to candidates who come to your door about how important the arts are to our community.
The following graph shows a comparison of funding via arts and culture granting programs for cities across Canada. Click here to see a larger picture of the graph.
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