CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Even though revenues are running behind at the Clay Center, the arts and science center should end up in the black for its fiscal year, center officials said.
Clay Center CEO Judy Wellington told the center's board of directors Thursday that revenues weren't as horrendous as the financial report indicated. Spring is the center's biggest time, she said.
Currently, all earned revenue is nearly $360,000 below was what was budgeted for the year ending June 30, Chief Financial Officer Rebecca Gillispie told the board at its quarterly meeting.
She said one reason for the deficit is there were two "headliner" shows at the center this fall -- when four had been budgeted.
If no additional shows are booked, the Clay Center will break even this year, Gillispie said.
"We're having difficulty getting artists to commit in time for season ticket sales," board member Horace Emery said.
Still, he said three or four acts have already been booked for fall and eight to 10 offers are out to various artists who should appealed to "different demographics."
"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery's Feb. 23 show was very successful, thanks to teenage girls, Wellington said, whereas country music legend Kenny Rogers drew a much more mature audience on Wednesday.
Wellington said she was concerned about the number of Clay Center members going to museum and art gallery events. "If they don't use it, they won't renew it,' she said, adding that steps are being taken to better communicate with members.
Revenue from members who give $350 or less a year is down about $10,000 from last year, and nearly $40,000 from what was budgeted.