The board of the Belleville, Ontario-based Quinte Symphony (a volunteer-driven, professionally-led orchestra serving East Central Ontario) has announced plans to wind up operations after 52 years. Citing ongoing financial losses, decreasing ticket sales, and challenges with board and volunteer recruitment, the organization’s leadership believes that “Quinte Symphony cannot financially sustain programming for the 2012-2013 concert season as originally planned”.
In a public statement, the leaders clarified that “the organization is not bankrupt, but Quinte Symphony has insufficient funds to launch a four-concert season. It was a hard decision for the board to make – saying that this is something that needs to be brought to a halt and taking this step took courage by all. It certainly has not been easy, but this board believes it is the right direction.”
The dissolution process has a few steps, beginning with an Annual General Meeting in September where the dissolution plan will be presented, and carrying on through a general meeting with the membership in November. The process can be reversed, however. In the official statement, Quinte Symphony leaders note that the orchestra’s bylaws stipulate that “’the orchestra shall not be disbanded while thirty members in good standing are opposed to this course.’ The board has challenged the membership to disagree. If there is a group of members who say, “We disagree with the board’s recommendation and Quinte Symphony should continue”, then the board invites them to vote down a disbandment motion at the general meeting. Subsequently, up to sixteen members would then have to step up to form the new board and carry the organization forward. In fact, willing individuals could come forward prior to, or at the AGM, to form a new board – this action does not have to wait until November.”
For more information, please visit quintesymphony.com.