The plight of the Milwaukee Symphony is even graver than we thought. A joint appeal from the management and the musicians, supported by the Journal- Sentinel, reveals that the organisation does not have enough cash left to finish the season. Several regular donors have balked at being asked for yet another bailout gift and there is some question at to whether the community at large recognises the continued value of having an orchestra.
There will be much impassioned advocacy done in the coming weeks. Perhaps the persuaders should start by distributing the latest evidence on how much the arts contribute each year to the US economy. Read it right here.