July 11, 2017
To Patrons and Friends of the Macon Symphony Orchestra:
It is my sad duty to communicate the news that the Macon Symphony Orchestra will be ending its existence after our October concert this fall. The decision was made today by our Board of Directors and we wanted to immediately inform you.
As many of you know, the Symphony has been experiencing declining ticket sales and declining corporate support in recent years, and that trend is accelerating. Along with the decline in revenue, the cost of production continues to increase. Back in April, it became clear to our Board that we might not be able to exist beyond the current season – but with an abundance of hope and optimism, we planned a complete season and sent out subscriber information.
Now, we find that to attempt to stage all four concerts that had been planned might end up with the MSO leaving many financial commitments unmet, including paying our excellent musicians. We felt that we needed to communicate with them as early as possible, so that they can seek other opportunities in 2018.
And, we need to communicate the same to all of you. If you have already sent in payment for a season subscription or for Pops tables or tickets, you may contact the MSO office to arrange for a refund for the cancelled concerts. We would greatly appreciate your consideration of offering your funds toward the expenses of our final concert in October. If you choose to do this, we will gladly issue you a tax receipt for your charitable donation. We would like to go out with a bang, and make this final concert one to remember.
We are incredibly grateful for you, our loyal patrons, many of whom have been with us from the very beginning. The Macon Symphony Orchestra owes its existence to you, for you have kept the music alive long past when other orchestras have closed their doors.
With gratitude for all your support,
Macon Symphony Orchestra