Congrats are also in order after the Mobile Symphony secured $52,300 in funding awarded by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. In light of recent budget concerns, it helped ease tensions.
According to a press release, the money will go toward offsetting costs of producing not only their 18 regular season concerts but also holiday concerts in Monroeville and Thomasville, a pair of Young People’s Concerts for elementary school kids and five Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra concerts. Literally thousands of regional lives will be touched by this effort.
“Ticket sales cover less than half the cost of producing concerts,” Celia Mann Baehr, President/CEO of MSO said in the release. “We rely on grants such as this one from ASCA to help defray the costs, and we are particularly grateful this year when our funding from other sources is declining. The arts are critical to a community’s well being. Fortunately for us and many other arts organizations in Alabama, our state arts agency not only understands this, but also advocates for arts funding on our behalf.”