Sponsorship and individual giving are truly the lifeblood of charitable not-for-profit organizations, and Calgary Opera is no exception. Without public and private sponsorship, we could not do what we do in bringing world-class grand productions to Calgary audiences and the magic of opera to the community at large. Without support such as yours to offset the substantial costs of production, grand opera would not be accessible to many who would like to experience this spectacular art form.
It may surprise you that we depend so much on our individual supporters. Ticket sales only account for 28% of income - our biggest source of revenue is actually from individual donors, who account for a whopping 33% of our yearly income. Opera is the most expensive art form to produce: from costumes to world-class artists, to stage crew, set designers, a live orchestra and so much more, operas can cost between $800,000 and $1 million dollars per production to produce, all depending on the opera itself, artists involved, and the artistic vision of the Company.
In addition, as recession hits Alberta, it is increasingly difficult to rely on corporate sponsorship in this Province. Subscriptions have also been in decline over time as the population ages and the demand for a commitment to a subscription decreases.
The arts in general need the generous support of people like you, in order to sustain and maintain a high quality, culturally rich community.
There are many ways to give to Calgary Opera.
What can your gift support?
Where does your individual donation go? You can choose what you support at Calgary Opera:
Emerging Artist Development Program - Help develop new talent by donating to the Emerging Artists Program as a donor or an adopter. Learn more.
New Works & Premieres - Did you know that Calgary Opera is Canada's leading opera company for new work creation and premieres? Your gift can bring new life to Canadian creation as well as bringing new and exciting works home to your community.
Mainstage Productions - Support bringing top artists, musicians and programming by giving an individual donation.
Summer Festival - Opera in the Village is Canada's only outdoor summer festival, with community programming bringing the fun of opera to Calgary's East Village every August. Your gift can support this innovative and exciting event.
Ways To Give
- Cash/ Cheque/ Credit Card
To give a one-time gift through cash, cheque or credit card, you can donate through our website here, or use this form to mail in your gift. Pledge options are available- for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In-Kind Donations
In-Kind donations are when, instead of giving money to buy needed goods and services, the goods and services themselves are given. Examples of such gifts would be donated artwork for an auction, or an appliance for the Mamdani Opera centre. These gifts are not eligible for membership, but may be eligible for a tax receipt. For more information of giving a Gift In-Kind, please contact Maggie Stephenson at email@example.com.
- Gifts of Stock & Securities
Donating shares of stock or securities is a smart way to give- you will recieve a tax receipt for the market value of your donation and will not be subjected to any taxes for capital gain. For more information, please contact Lauren Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Planned Giving
Provide for Opera's future by making Calgary Opera part of your will by making a gift of bequest, stocks and securities, endowment, in-kind gifts, annuities, life insurance policies, your RRSP and more. For more information, please contact Shevonne Brodeur at email@example.com.
- Corporate Support
Corporations can support Calgary Opera for many special benefits and outreach opportunities. For more information, please contact Suzanne Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Partner Organizations
Gifts in excess of $20.00 will recieve a tax receipt in the mail, and individual gifts may be eligible for membership benefits. For more information on your gift and giving options, please contact Shevonne Brodeur at email@example.com.
Key Statistics on Arts Funding
Alberta receives $8 million total for funding the arts, while by contrast, Ontario receives $47.4 million.
Subscriptions and single tickets account for only 28% of the operating costs required to produce three operas per year
Compared with other incorporated nonprofit organizations, arts and culture organizations receive much lower funding from government (28% for arts and culture vs. 49% for all nonprofits), much higher revenues from earned sources (50% for arts and culture vs. 35% for all nonprofits), slightly higher revenues from gifts and donations (17% for arts and culture vs. 13% for all nonprofits) and roughly similar revenues from other sources (5% for arts and culture organizations vs. 3% for all nonprofits).