Financial Sustainability

Financial Health and Sustainability

The Theater relies on various sources of income to sustain its operations. Before the pandemic, programming income, comprising ticket sales, concessions, and rental fees, averaged 79%. However, this figure was only 52% last year, up from 26% in 2021 when the pandemic peaked, but one thing is sure: programming income will never cover 100% of necessary business expenses. If it did, we could not fulfill our mission to lead the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington’s most historic performance venue, to harness the power of human connection, create engaging experiences, and foster a deep appreciation for the arts.

Instead, our incorporation as a 501(c)3 organization allows us to offer community programming with public funding, including local artists and free public events, and bridge the gap between programming income and necessary business expenses with grants, charitable donations, and a small management contract with the City of Bloomington.

In 2024, we are improving our communications with you about the importance of your support, creating more opportunities to engage corporate sponsorships, and enhancing our fundraising program with more ways to give. We can work together to strengthen the theater’s financial health for the future.

Support the Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Join us in securing a future filled with creativity, entertainment, and community engagement. Together, we can sustain the arts and keep the spirit of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater alive.

What’s Changing in 2024?

We are turning to you to show us how much value the Buskirk-Chumley Theater provides to our community. Your support ensures the continued operation of the Theater as a nonprofit and demonstrates your desire for a community venue in the heart of Bloomington. By donating, you become crucial to preserving a cultural hub that enriches our community through diverse and vibrant programming.