Symphony Concert Demand: Does Programming Matter?

  title={Symphony Concert Demand: Does Programming Matter?},
  author={Jeffrey J. Pompe and Lawrence Tamburri and Johnathan Munn},
  journal={The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society},
  pages={215 - 228}
We examine factors that determine attendance for major U.S. symphony orchestras over seven seasons. We find that performing more of the standard repertoire increases attendance but the choice of a composition that has a particular solo instrument does not affect attendance. Other management options that increase attendance include spending on advertising and broadcasting concerts. Own-price elasticity of demand and income elasticity are inelastic. 

Fiddling in a Vortex: Have American Orchestras Squandered Their Supremacy on the American Cultural Scene?

ABSTRACT In the past half-century, American symphony orchestras (SO) have experienced widely fluctuating fortunes. We examine this period to explain the external and internal issues that have created

Clustering attendees at the Philharmonic Orchestra’s Summer Festival

There has been an increase in the number of arts and music festivals held annually in South Africa. These festivals range from wide all-encompassing arts festivals, such as the National Arts

Engaging Under-Represented Communities: A Comparative Analysis of Professional Symphony Orchestras

This Master’s Research Project looked into the various ways that professional symphony orchestras are engaging with their community, specifically with under-represented populations. The paper begins

Determinants of demand for traditional Chinese opera

AbstractFollowing the econometric approach in cultural economics, this paper investigates factors that determine the demand for traditional Chinese opera by applying annual aggregate time series data

Determinants of demand for traditional Chinese opera

Following the econometric approach in cultural economics, this paper investigates factors that determine the demand for traditional Chinese opera by applying annual aggregate time series data from

The relationship of the transformational leadership process and group mood among musicians and their effects on artistic quality within the American orchestral organization


Australian Made: The Creation of New Australian Classical Saxophone Music

Australian classical saxophonists advise that an Australian 'language' is emerging in the saxophone repertoire. This is a vital issue to practitioners yet little scholarly research has been conducted

Funding classical music: A comparison of Norwegian public policy and practitioner perspectives

This thesis examines ways in which public funding of the classical music sector is legitimised by the Norwegian public sector and by classical music practitioners working in Norway. The thesis



Factors that influence programming decisions of US symphony orchestras

Program decisions by symphony orchestra management are influenced by various factors. To examine these factors, we create an objective index of the propensity of a symphony orchestra to perform the

A simultaneous model of nonprofit symphony orchestra behavior

In this paper, we test a six equation simultaneous model of nonprofit symphony orchestra behavior. The model is based on Hansmann's theory of nonprofit behavior in the performing arts. The results

The Border Conflict between the Present and the Past: Programming Classical Music and Opera

Contemporary music is a category of cultural capital that is employed by symphonies and opera especially inefficiently. Considering its quantity, presumed relevance to social needs, and programming,

Recent evidence on the determinants of concert attendance for mid-size symphonies

This study provides some recent evidence regarding the determinants of aggregate annual attendance at the concert performances of mid-size symphonies. In data from the 2003, 2004, and 2005 seasons

Demand elasticities for symphony orchestras

Firms in the performing arts industries like firms in nonprofit industries in general provide an interesting and fruitful area of study by economists. Research in this area by economists has been

An Exploration of the Beckerian Theory of Time Costs: Symphony Concert Demand

ABSTRACT. The passage of time has long been known to have economic effects. The most important effect in the arts has heretofore been the so-called "cost disease" whereby productivity in

Attendance and Public Participation in the Performing Arts: A Review of the Empirical Literature

While audience and participation surveys, as well as econometric demand studies,generally confirm that performing arts audiences are relatively elite, there are surprises. Education (despite

Arts Marketing Insights: The Dynamics of Building and Retaining Performing Arts Audiences

Foreword (Philip Kotler). Introduction. The Author. Prologue. 1. The State of Performing Arts Attendance and the State of Marketing. 2. Exploring Characteristics of Current and Potential Performing

The Symphony Orchestra Repertory: A Research Note

his article is a study of the repertory of American symphony orchestras from 1995–96 through 2000–01. Since 1995–96, the American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL) has published an annual Repertoire

Performing Arts: The Economic Dilemma

quoted generously from the authors. The subtitle, "The Economic Dilemma," succinctly points to the key to the problem and states that in the performing arts the financial basis for the existence of