As the recipient of 50% of their revenue from government sources, the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois is the closest thing the U.S. has to a government sponsored ensemble. The organization utilizes a unique operational model worth taking a look at and they go a long way toward breaking down some commonly positions about how orchestral organizations function with regard to programming and attendance…
Polyphonic.org is featuring the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and the Grant Park Music Festival as their Orchestra Spotlight for summer, 2006. It includes detailed information about the organization along with exclusive interviews with:
James W. Palermo, GPMF Artistic & General Director Carlos Kalmar, GPMF Principal Conductor Neil Kimel, GPSO Second Horn and Orchestra Committee member
As the business continues to look for operational models outside of traditional mold, the success of music festival organizations such as Grant Park are certainly worth looking into. Click here to learn all about the organziaiton.