Live Music Matters
Our 2014-15 season operating budget is broken down into six relatively equal parts. As can be seen in the legend, only about one-sixth of the budget went toward administrative tasks. Another sixth was for music rental/purchase. The remainder included a minimal compensation for the conductor, concert-master, fill-in musicians (including instrument cartage), and guest artists. In no case did these compensations rise to the level of a fair payment for services. They were either to fill chairs critical to a performance that are not needed on a regular basis - or, in the case of the conductor, concert-master, and guest artists, to provide some measure of compensation for accepting an extraordinary amount of responsibility and associated time committment.
2014-15 was CCO's first season. Our non-profit status was not recognized and fund-raising activities were not yet established. As a result, three-fourths of our $15K Budget was supplied from private donations - principally from the founders. Now that we are a certified non-profit under section 501c3 of the internal revenue code, we are able to persue funding from all available sources.
For the 2015-16 season our annual budget will rise to approximately $22K to support a full four concerts. The Carlisle Congregational Church has been most generous in allowing us to get started without a facilities cost, but we now need to compensate them for the additional cost that our presence places on the maintenance and operation of their facility. Also our dependence on a single private donor is unsustainable. Therefore the establishment of other funding sources is absolutely necessary for the long-term survival of the Carlisle Chamber Orchestra.
The CCO Operating Expenses and Income for the 2014-2015 Concert Season