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Ballet Nouveau Colorado Floundering?

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They came up $62,000 short, but they say that they raised enough money to keep going. In their words (from their website, http://www.bncdance.com):

We are happy to report that we have ended the 2009-10 fiscal year in a position that allows us to move into this next season with our programs fully intact. 2010-11 will be a lean and challenging year, but BNC is up for this challenge. We are determined to be standing here a year from now a stronger organization than we have ever been.

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This local newspaper reports that $90,500 was raised. They still have a debt, but the report says they'll continue next season. It's not clear what they will cut to make up for the remaining deficit or whether they'll just carry the debt.

http://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/ci_15660988

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It certainly is true of music as well as dance. Both the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Springs Philharmonic were created from the ashes of earlier orchestras that went bankrupt. The musicians in the Colorado Symphony took a double digit pay cut last year, and the base salary was only in the mid-30's to begin with. Chamber orchestras have struggled mightily. The Colorado Chamber Orchestra barely managed to scrape together 2 programs this past season and Pro Musica Colorado managed but 3.

Well-known touring plays do very well, but locally-produced plays often end up selling tickets at a discount.

The Denver Post had an article today about the lack of private funding for the arts in Denver, the main inspiration for the article being the failure of the Colorado Symphony to raise their share ($30,000,000) of the funding needed to overhaul their home concert hall.

http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_16035329

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