Income

Individual Donations — $101,039

Ticket Sales — $79,647

Foundations & Trusts — $69,400

Advertising & Promotional Sales — $24,908

Corporate Sponsorships — $12,500

Government Grants — $12,500

Interest — $1,638

Total — $301,632


Expense

Festival Management/Logistics — $65,783

Artist Fees — $54,900

Operations — $47,695

Advertising & Design — $35,385

Production, Facilities & Equipment — $30,176

Artist Travel & Accommodations — $17,443

Fundraising — $8,413

Total — $259,795


Reserve

201 Surplus — $41,837

Total Reserve — $121,000

WWCMF has worked hard over its twelve completed seasons to develop a reserve fund of approximately 50% of annual operating expenses. This is an industry best practice for nonprofit organizations operating without an endowment. Careful management by the Festival administration, expert governance by the Board of Directors and, of course, the commitment and generosity of our many constituents has made this goal a reality. The day may come when a freak January (or June!) snowstorm makes travel impossible for our roster of virtuoso artists, adversely impacting our ability to present scheduled programming... If and when that time comes, we are prepared to weather the storm from a position of financial strength.

Best of all, WWCMF remains program-focused; your hard-earned dollars will support great music in the Walla Walla Valley for residents, visitors and generations to come.


Festival Attendance

Free 2018 Events — 1,335

Paid 2018 Events — 3,663

Total 2017 Attendance — 4,998

WWCMF focused its suite of 2019 free community events on smaller organizations in an effort to reach those who too often lack access to high-level arts programming, or let’s face it, arts programming of any kind. This commitment is reflected in the lower number of overall attendance compared with recent seasons. How small did we go? One event in June 2019 consisted of a string quartet playing for an audience of four.

An audience of such diminutive proportions is untenable in the long term, but strangely, from the musicians’ standpoint it was one of the finest events in this organization’s history. The lesson? Always go!


2018 Vitals

Total Events — 38

Free Events — 18

Ticketed Events — 20

Average Ticket Price — $21.75

Number of Venues — 28

Number of Festival Artists — 44 (A new record!)

Artist Frequent Flier Miles Earned — 85,872 — Artist Days in Residence — 342

Number of Host Families — 18

Number of Rental Houses — 1

Artists’ Points of Origin:

Washington (27)

New York (7)

Illinois (2)

South Carolina (2)

Tennessee (2)

Massachusetts (1)

Michigan (1)

Ohio (1)

Canada (1)


Event Stats

Cost of Each Festival Event — $6,837

Cost of Each Event Per Attendee — $52

Average Attendance Per Event — 132


On the Poster

Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

Béla Bartók in Performance:

January — 44 Duos for Two Violins, Sz. 98 (1931)

June — String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85 (1926)


Data for this report was compiled between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019, the fiscal year of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival.