Key Change
Key Change
Jul 18, 2018
04: Dollars and Sense: where does the money come from?
Play • 22 min

For such an ambitious undertaking as Opera for All Voices (OFAV) -- balancing the needs of multiple companies, production budgets planned years in advance, the commission of new works with very little to go on up front, hiring musicians and singers, the changing landscapes of main stage vs workshop premieres, leaps of faith from funders, administrators, artists and collaborators alike all with the hope of JUST BREAKING EVEN… how does this all work financially?

And what is it worth? Are there other ways to measure success besides financial returns?

In this episode, Brandon talks candidly with Heather Kemp, Director of Finance & Accounting at The Santa Fe Opera.

We also hear from General Director Charles MacKay, Barbara Lynne Jamison from Seattle Opera, Ben Jewell-Plocher from Sarasota Opera, and Jamie Andrews from Minnesota Opera about fiscal responsibility, creative problem solving, and defining return on investment.


Key Change is a production of The Santa Fe Opera in collaboration with Opera For All Voices.

Produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios

Hosts: Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal

Audio Engineer: Kabby at Kabby Sound Studios in Santa Fe

Theme music by Rene Orth with Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano, and Joe Becktell, cello.

Cover art by David Tousley

OFAV Consortium Members:  Lyric Opera for Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Sarasota Opera and Seattle Opera.

This podcast is made possible due to the generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.  

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