The Tacoma Philharmonic, a classical music presenter now approaching its 75th anniversary, recently announced that, following the resignation of executive director Andy Wood, its management would be contracted out to the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, which manages and presents for Tacoma’s three downtown city-owned theaters. The contract is for one year, during which the Philharmonic board would reappraise its strategies.
“The Philharmonic is excited about the opportunity to strengthen our programs and operations as we face the new challenges of the 21st century,” said Philharmonic board president Karen Seinfeld. “The team at the Broadway Center will provide the Philharmonic a large and talented staff at an efficient cost, thereby helping us achieve our goals for the future.”
The new agreement began February 1, and involves the Broadway Center handling all administrative and marketing tasks, with the Philharmonic board selecting programs and managing fundraising and the endowment fund.
Tacoma Philharmonic executive director Andy Wood recently resigned to pursue other opportunities, the organizations said in a recent press release.
“To help the Philharmonic get through the transition we wanted to provide some stability and time…to allow them to deepen their audience base and work through strategies,” said David Fischer, Broadway Center’s executive director. “It isn’t a merger in any way.”
Fisher says that the transition will be seamless for subscribers, ticket buyers and donors.
The Tacoma Philharmonic Board will remain the sole fiduciary stewards of their agency and keep intact their independence and separate non-profit status.