From the Reporter
What’s Happening
While compatriot classical music organizations around the country struggle mightily, the San Diego Symphony is doing better financially — and, by many accounts, artistically — than it has in decades.
Why I Chose This Story
I’ve heard a lot of conversations in the local arts communities about the stability Joan and Irwin Jacobs’ unparalleled gift almost 10 years ago provided the symphony. But I’ve also been interested in the potential perception problem such a gift creates for an organization that still must convince others in the community their gifts are still needed.
What I’ll Be Watching
The balance of raising gifts and selling tickets is a difficult one for many local arts groups, and with lingering trouble in the economy it’ll be a decisive several months for the future health of local nonprofit institutions.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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