12 December 2013 at 7.10pm | 3 Comments
From Wednesday 18 December, we’ll be asking everyone who books tickets online to make a donation to the Royal Opera House. It’s a simple process that you will see when you are paying for your tickets online. We’re suggesting you might like to give £3 although you may prefer to select a different amount. You can, of course, choose to remove the donation altogether.
All the money we raise, whether from ticket sales, our restaurants and bars, shop, sponsorship and philanthropy, together with our funding from Arts Council England, goes towards making sure that we can continue to put on truly world-class opera and ballet, on our stages in Covent Garden and into cinemas around the country. It also supports the wide range of schools’ work and other ways in which our audiences can get involved with us through schemes such as Chance to Dance, Write an Opera, the Thurrock youth choir RM19 and our Welcome Performances.
The need for us to ask for voluntary donations, grants and sponsorship is more pressing than ever as the uncertain economic situation continues with further cuts to our government subsidy. We are a registered charity and the income we bring in through ticket sales does not cover the full cost of performances. Therefore each and every donation really does help, however small or large.
We are very grateful to all of you who already support the Royal Opera House through membership and donations. Together you contributed £23million last Season and your generosity and enthusiasm really makes a difference to what we can achieve. Thank you.