Taking Your Fiscal Pulse

The Taking Your Fiscal Pulse reports convey timely information on the extent to which theatres are meeting their budgetary goals for their fiscal year, share theatres' projections for the next fiscal year and reflect their current concerns.

For more information about TCG's Taking Your Fiscal Pulse series, please contact Ilana Rose, associate director of research & collective action. To read reports from other TCG Snapshot Surveys, including the Governing Boards Survey and the Employee Benefits Survey, click here.

  • Taking Your Fiscal Pulse 2014: A Snapshot of the Current Fiscal Health of the National Not-for-Profit Theatre
    TCG's latest snapshot survey captured information from 210 TCG Member Theatres about their current state of affairs. The report conveys actual and projected activity for theatres’ fiscal year ending anytime in 2014, and presents data for participants as a whole and broken down by budget size.
  • 2012 Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: A Report on the Fiscal Health of the National Not-for-Profit Theatre
    206 theatres participated in the latest snapshot survey on the field's current state of affairs, conducted in collaboration with the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO). The report conveys actual and projected activity for theatres’ fiscal year ending anytime in 2012.
  • Fall 2011—Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: A Report on the Fiscal Health of the National Not-for-Profit Theatre
    350 theatres participated in the latest snapshot survey on the field's current state of affairs, conducted in collaboration with the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO). The report conveys actual and projected activity for theatres’ fiscal year ending anytime in 2011. Read the Theatre Facts 2010 and Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—Fall 2011 press release here.
  • Spring 2010—Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: A Report on the Fiscal Health of the National Not-for-Profit Theatre
    The latest in a series of snapshot surveys aimed at capturing theatres’ most current state of affairs, Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—Spring 2010 marked TCG’s third collaboration with the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO), the result of which was participation by 435 not-for-profit theatres. This report presents national findings from this snapshot survey, including actual and projected activity for theatre's fiscal year ending anytime between fall 2009 and fall 2010, the state of endowments and cash flow and theatres’ current concerns and priorities.
  • August 2009—Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: A Report on the Fiscal Health of the National Not-for-Profit Theatre
    Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—August 2009 was TCG’s third Taking Your Fiscal Pulse snapshot survey. It also marked TCG's second collaboration with the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO), the result of which was participation by over 465 not-for-profit theatres and a greater sense of the state of the national theatre field. This report relays national findings from this snapshot survey. Theatres reported on the actual and projected activity for their fiscal year ending anytime between spring 2009 through winter 2010.
  • August 2009—Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: A Report on the Fiscal Health of the San Francisco Bay Area Not-for-Profit Theatre Community
    This report on the Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—August 2009 snapshot survey focuses on the 106 participating theatres that are based in the San Francisco Bay Area and are members of Theatre Bay Area (TBA). While the spotlight stays on Bay Area theatres, there are occasional comparisons to non-Bay Area theatres from across the country but only when significant differences surface.
  • August 2009—Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: A Budget Group Breakdown of Data from TCG Member Theatres
    This is a compilation of responses from the 215 TCG Member Theatres that participated in the Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—August 2009 snapshot survey. The data is presented with a breakdown by budget size and is meant for informal use by TCG members.
  • Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: A Report on the Fiscal Health of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Community
    Following the completion of TCG's Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—January 2009 snapshot survey of its members, TCG relaunched the survey for members of the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO). This report is a compilation of Bay Area data— collected with the assistance of Theatre Bay Area— from that survey, which was conducted over the period of February to April 2009. It offers the most comprehensive look at the fiscal health of not-for-profit theatres in the Bay Area since the beginning of the economic downturn.  Download the Press Release (PDF).
  • January 2009—Taking Your Fiscal Pulse
    This report is a compilation of the data from TCG's second Taking Your Fiscal Pulse snapshot survey, which was conducted in January 2009.  It highlights fiscal data from members during the period of fall 2008-winter 2009, as well as budget projections and re-projections for participants' fiscal year end. The report also includes notes on various Budget Group outliers that were discovered in the analysis.  Download the Press Release (PDF) for Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: January 2009. Listen to the audio transcript of TCG's teleconference, Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: What Are the Implications for Your Theatre? A panel discussion moderated by David Hawkanson with panelists J. Scott Atherton, Elisbeth Challener, Paula Tomei and Chris Widdess, held on Thursday, March 19, 2009.
  • January 2009Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: Budget Group Analysis
    This companion report to Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: January 2009 includes detailed data organized by Budget Group.
  • September 2008—Taking Your Fiscal Pulse
    In addition to regular research efforts, such as the annual Fiscal Survey, TCG launched a program in 2008 that would provide more timely and up-to-date fiscal information for its members through snapshot surveys conducted at varying points throughout the year. The results serve as an invaluable benchmarking tool for theatre leaders and also supply timely information for theatre stakeholders—trustees, foundation and corporate executives, policy makers and the national press.