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Save NYCB at Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Petition Background (Preamble):
CURRENTS REVISIONS ARE IN ALL CAPS. INTERESTING THAT MOST OF THE PETITION STILL APPLIES EIGHT YEARS LATER.
New York City Ballet has been the resident ballet company during July at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center since the amphitheater was built.
George Balanchine, NYCB's founder, was instrumental in designing the facility and Saratoga Springs, New York, has been called, officially, "The Summer Home Of The New York City Ballet." Not only does the three-week (NOW REDUCED TO ONE WEEK) residency bring a much-needed cultural richness to this upstate New York area, it brings in many dollars that help to support the local economy.
The current Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Center has arbitrarily (and short-sightedly) decided TO CUT TO ONE-WEEK the Company's residency in Saratoga Springs after 2012. The rationale is that the bottom line for the Performing Arts Center is adversely affected by the small audience attendance (AND THE IMPOSSIBLE FEES CHARGED) for NYCB.
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a Not-for-Profit organization. With a one-year extension of the agreement between the Performing Arts Center and New York City Ballet, sufficient funds could be raised to cover the disparity in cost and make the NYCB residency financially viable. (IT IS NOW EIGHT YEARS LATER AND HAS NOT BEEN ACCOMPLISHED.)
MOST OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE 2004 STATE AUDIT HAVE NOT BEEN INSTITUTED, INCLUDING, VERY IMPORTANTLY, THE HIRING OF A PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISER TO LOCATE INFLUENTIAL DONORS BEYOND THE IMMEDIATE LOCAL AREA.
Please let your legislators (along with the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Center) know that you would like for them to PERFORM ANOTHER AUDIT OF SPAC AND EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION THERE WHEN COMPARED TO SIMILAR VENUES, AND TO extend this residency AND WORK TOWARD MAKING IT FINANCIALLY VIABLE.
Please confine your comments and discussion to arguments that will help to bring about a positive change, one hopes, in which all of us will win.
I also support a thorough investigation of SPAC'S executive salaries versus those of comparable venues (especially as compared to benchmarked achieved goals), analysis of fundraising efforts and recommended steps that can be taken by SPAC to make this residency financially viable.
The Save NYCB at Saratoga Performing Arts Center petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo; Commission Rose Harvey; NY Inspector General Ellen Biben; Secretary of State was written by Lisa Mehigan and is in the category Arts & Entertainment at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: spac, nycb, ballet, saratoga, audit