Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra in financial trouble

Hutchinson (KSN File Photo)

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra is struggling to make sure the show goes on.

Officials say a combination of budget cuts and a drop in donations is endangering the 49-year-old orchestra’s future. The group’s 2013-2014 season was reduced from four concerts to three.

Hutchinson Symphony Association board member Ann Roehm told The Hutchinson News reductions in state arts funding cost the orchestra aid and federal matching dollars. Those two sources previously made up 21 percent of the orchestra’s annual budget.

The city of Hutchinson reduced its support from $9,600 in 2012 to $8,600 this year. The city has not determined how much it will give the orchestra for next year.

Roehm says some private foundations have helped but the orchestra is far from achieving its goal.


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