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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Celebrates a Second Season with a Signature Success

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Second Annual Meeting Announces Growth in Revenue and Attendance, New Board Members

DAYTON, Ohio, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) held its second Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Dayton Racquet Club.  On July 1, 2014, the classical arts organization, comprising Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic, celebrated the second anniversary of the historic merger of these three art forms into one operating entity, the first and only merger of its kind in the United States.

The 2013-2014 Signature Season marked the first season for the DPAA that was planned and executed from the start in this new collaborative model.  Over 90,000 people attended 77 performances in a year that was bookended by two fantastic Signature Events, combining the forces of all three powerful art forms, in the Season Opening Spectacular in September and Aida in May.

As a mark of success of this unique collaboration of art forms, both ticket sales and contributed revenue for the DPAA have continued to increase.  Additionally, the merged organization continues to find operational efficiencies and decrease overhead costs, both in real dollars and as a percentage of revenue. 

Major accomplishments by the DPAA during the 2013-2014 Season have set the stage for ongoing success.  A new three-year strategic plan has been created, and execution of this plan will be a priority for continued growth and success.  As a mark of the smooth transition into a merged organization, the DPAA negotiated a new three-year agreement with the American Federation of Musicians in just two days.  While many arts organizations are struggling and even failing in the area of contract negotiations, Dayton continues to exemplify the importance of collaboration and partnership for arts organizations to survive and thrive.

Equally as important to the prosperity of the arts is the focus on educating young people of the value and enjoyment of the arts. As a result of the DPAA's nationally-recognized education programs, over 69,000 young people in the Miami Valley benefited from DPAA programs. Education of area youth will remain a top priority for DPAA going forward.

The 2014-2015 New Horizons Season of the DPAA will begin with the bold and wide-ranging Season Opening Spectacular "Russian Panorama" on September 20 and 21, 2014. 

CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521x1138
awhitehead@daytonperformingarts.org

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