Congratulations to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida. The venue reported attendance of more than 300,000 for 338 hosted shows during its fiscal year ending June 30.
“We originally projected 150 shows per year, so we are very proud of our operations” said Kathy Ramsberger, president and CEO, in a statement. “Memberships increased to more than 1,900, up 23 percent from last year. While most new performing arts centers rely heavily on fundraising for about 40 percent of their income, 83 percent of our income is from our operations—sales, sponsorships, and maximizing the programming of a diverse roster of shows throughout the season.”
Highlights for the past year include a 6 percent increase in ticket sales, 84,776 student participants through all Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts programming and outreach, approximately $500,000 raised through ticketed events benefiting charities responding to the Pulse tragedies, and 10,000-plus followers on Instagram.
“Running the Dr. Phillips Center like a business allowed us to accomplish much more in our first two years, with financial growth that puts us in an excellent position as we look beyond our start-up phase,” said Jim Pugh, chairman of the board, in a statement. “We not only anticipate another tremendous year three in our programming and operations, we are looking forward to completing the fund-raising for Phase 2 and adding the 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall.”
Once again, congratulations on a great year, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts!