If you haven’t done so already, this week is your last chance to vote in the last cycle for the 2008/09 cultural confidence poll. Since 10/2008, we’ve been tracking how readers have been rating the current economic conditions at their respective performing arts organization as well as where they believe those same conditions will exist by the end of the 2008/09 season. The results have been fascinating and it will be interesting to see where things end up after the end of this week…
To date, there have been a dozen articles tracking the results from each polling cycle (available here) and, so far, that data has produced a number of clear patterns, not the least of which are strong tendencies of caution and concern. Given the fact that the League conference this week features a few sessions on the current economy and how it has impacted orchestral organizations, it seems as though they would have been actively tracking these same issues.
In fact, they may have but if so, I am not aware of those efforts. As such, any discussions will be approached from the perspective of hindsight without the benefit of being juxtaposed aside results from a historical tracking process. Fortunately, those participants are free to use the most recent data available from 5/4/2009 to help identify a clear picture of sentiment throughout the business.
Nonetheless, make sure you take the time to vote in the last polling cycle of the season before it is too late! VOTE NOW