Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff unveiled a fundraising incentive to encourage the San Antonio Symphony to privately fundraise and keep the curtains from coming down on the symphony.
"Our civic leaders do not want to see an empty hall,” said Kathleen Weir Vale with the Symphony Society Board. “It would be a tragedy."
Judge Wolff stressed the need for symphony supporters to increase their financial contributions now if they want to help save the season.
Next Tuesday, the county will consider a proposal to pledge $350, 000 dollars in direct financial support and plans to match future private fundraising.
“I firmly believe that the community wants to see a world-class symphony orchestra continue and thrive in San Antonio. However, the city and county cannot solve the financial difficulties of the symphony by ourselves,” Mayor Nirenberg said.
The city originally budgeted $614,000 in 2018 for the symphony and $368,400 remains to be disbursed.
The San Antonio City Council will consider a plan that would disburse funds to support fundraising operational and performance milestones.
Vale says that, in the meantime, they need supporters to come out and experience the world-class symphony.
"The first thing people need to do is to buy tickets and attend concerts, and then they can't resist supporting the symphony,” Vale said. “It is one of the top orchestras in the country.”
Vale added that they’ve already received an outpouring of support but more is still needed. The goal is to raise about $700,000 over the next month.
"We reached out to a lot of our friends and they said, ‘Yes, we want to help,’ and we got a couple of large seed gifts and then a lot of small gifts," Vale said.
It’s unclear how many shows will be canceled but she hopes that with support from both public and private sources, the cancelations will be minimal.
If you would like to donate visit SAsymphony.org.