The Number to Remember
Two hundred thousand is the number to remember for the 2015-2016 Symphony season. More than 200,000 people were entertained by Jacksonville Symphony performances during the year and the annual Florida Blue matching grant program achieved a $200,000 impact.
More than 400 donors participated in the Florida Blue matching grant program and the trend of increased giving was seen across the board at the Symphony this year. The number of donor households rose from 1,397 to 2,143. Fifty percent of renewed donors increased their annual fund gifts. A unique and first-time crowd funding event, Rock the Glockenspiel, allowed the Symphony to purchase a new percussion instrument.
The increase in giving was also matched by an increase in tickets sold and ticket revenue. Ticket sales registered a 9% increase over the previous season, contributed income an increase of 6% and an increase in total individuals served of 11%.
Next year look for 12 Florida Blue Masterworks Series programs, 12 Fidelity National Financial Pops Series programs, 10 Coffee Series performances and four bestbet Symphony in 60 Series performances. International superstar pianist Lang Lang will be the featured artist in the Symphony’s February 17 Gala, which also celebrates the 20th anniversary of Jacoby Symphony Hall.
As we close the books on 2015-2016, 200,000 thank yous to our sponsors, donors and patrons for a stellar season.