How is Your Theatre’s Fiscal Pulse?

Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—August 2009
A Report on the Fiscal Health of the National Not-for-Profit Theatre
By Zannie Giraud Voss and Glenn B. Voss, with Christopher Shuff and Ilana B. Rose


As an up-to-the-minute complement to the annual Fiscal Survey, TCG launched a program in 2008 to
capture theatres’ most current state of affairs through Taking Your Fiscal Pulse snapshot surveys. In light
of the economic crisis, these surveys have been particularly useful to the field in keeping current about
circumstances faced by many theatres. These surveys help managers to benchmark their theatre’s
condition relative to others’ so that they, along with key stakeholders, can get a timely sense of how the
field is maneuvering through this difficult time.

The Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—August 2009 snapshot survey marked TCG’s second collaboration with the
Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO), the result of which was participation by
over 465 not-for-profit theatres and a greater sense of the state of the national theatre field. This report
relays national findings from this snapshot survey. Theatres reported on the actual and projected activity
for their fiscal year ending anytime between spring 2009 through winter 2010. Throughout this report, we
provide data only for the theatres that responded to each individual question. So, when we say that a
certain percentage of theatres answered ‘yes’ to a question, that percentage is calculated leaving out the theatres that skipped it. Reported findings pertain to theatres of all sizes unless otherwise noted. In charts and figures, there may be slight discrepancies in the totals due to rounding.

The survey was designed to be completed in 10 minutes or less with multiple choice questions, checklists
and rating scales. The data reported on in this document was not verified against theatres’ audits, as is the case with Theatre Facts. It is as accurate a snapshot of the field’s fiscal health as is possible given the survey’s design.

See the full report here!

Thanks for the Info TCG.

TCG Report

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The Austin Creative Alliance is a nonprofit performing arts service organization working to cultivate an environment where the performing arts can grow and flourish. We serve over 130 arts organizations with marketing, ticketing, audience development services; AEA paymaster, information & referral services — plus access to affordable health, liability, and event insurance. We also provide online professional development seminars, fiscal sponsorship services for emerging arts groups, host annual unified general auditions, annual theatre industry awards, and consistently advocate for the many benefits the arts bring to our quality of life.

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