ORCHESTRA-POPS ADMINISTRATIVE CONSOLIDATION WILL BENEFIT BOTH, FUMO SAYS
PHILADELPHIA, August 24, 2005 – Combining the administrative operations of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops ® into one unit will put both musical groups on a better financial footing, plus strengthen the arts in the city, said state Senator Vince Fumo (D-Philadelphia).
Fumo and officials of the two groups announced the administrative consolidation of the Orchestra and the Pops today at a news conference at the Kimmel Center. Fumo, who represents the portion of the city that includes the Avenue of the Arts, played a significant role in the discussions that brought the two orchestras together. In recognition of his contribution, he will be elected to the board of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association.
"In today’s times, when it is difficult to raise money for the arts, it works well if you can streamline operations," Fumo said. "This is a marriage in which they can symbiotically help each other. The Orchestra Association can enhance the marketing of the Pops, while broadening the musical offerings to an expanded audience base."
Fumo said the move will ease financial pressure on the management of both organizations, and produce musical as well as monetary benefits for the city.
"This consolidation will help to assure future generations of Philadelphians some of the finest pops music and classical music in the country," Fumo said. "It also bodes well for the entire city. When we put money into the arts, we get a better return on our investment than we get from stadiums. The arts are a phenomenal economic development tool. When people go to a show, there is usually money generated through restaurants, shopping and other downtown activities."
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During the press conference today at the Kimmel Center, Richard L. Smoot, Philadelphia Orchestra Board Chairman, Sam Savitz, Chairman of the Encore Series Board, and Nero each thanked Fumo for his efforts.
Savitz said: I want to acknowledge the role played by a tireless advocate and activist for Philadelphia, Senator Vincent J. Fumo. Senator Fumo has invested countless hours in shepherding our discussions, and was the catalyst and instrument that allowed this consolidation to come to fruition."
Nero said: "There are so many to thank for making this come about, but before I can mention anyone, the plain and simple fact is, we would not be where we are today if it were not for the incredible support of someone whom I am proud to be called his friend, Senator Vince Fumo. He was the architect that put us back on the map and so much of the success we enjoy is, without a doubt, due to his time, effort and sheer brilliance. He is undoubtedly, as I’ve said many times from the stage, the best friend the Philly Pops has ever had."
Smoot said: "Thanks to state Senator Vincent Fumo for his leadership in reaching this agreement and for his continued commitment to the arts in this region.
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