Concert hall answers allegations of financial losses
The management of Shenzhen Concert Hall responded to the allegations on the venue’s financial losses. Since its opening in 2007 Shenzhen Concert Hall losses amounted to 21.72 million yuan due to low rate of use seen in the past three years of operation.
According to the manager of the concert hall Wang Lei, the venue was a non profit organization therefore requires government support to operate, Wang also said that in all the concert hall found all over the world, the Broadway halls in New York are the only ones making money. The government subsidy of 40 million yuan was used to support the venue from 2007 to 2009, subsidizing tickets making it affordable to residents allowing them to enjoy world class cultural performances. The concert hall also gave free performances every Sunday. Aside from facility maintenance government funding was used for citizens.
Accusations regarding the concert hall was giving few performances, Wang states that they have already planned 174 performances this year, each performance requires four days for rehearsals and stage set up. Wang admits that Shenzhen is behind Shanghai and Hong Kong in occupancy rates , this is due to marketability. Local people awareness of high art still needs encouragement since Shenzhen was used to be calls as cultural desert. People must be informed of the performances that is to be shown in concert halls and theaters.