- The Hollywood Bowl cancels its 2020 Summer season events.
For the first time in 98 Years, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has canceled the Hollywood Bowl 2020 summer season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of Los Angeles’s most known venues, events haven’t stopped for more than two weeks during the past 100 summers.
Despite the financial strain, the LA Phil has launched a $35 million campaign called “Play Your Part.” The campaign ongoing operations and programs, including the LA Phil’s YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) program and other educational initiatives, which serve more than 150,000 youth, families, and teachers every year.
Hollywood Bowl ticketholders will have the option donating the value of their tickets back to the LA Phil, raising an initial $1 million from a challenge grant from Jane and Michael Eisner.
Chad Smith, the Association’s Chief Executive Officer, David C. Bohnett Chief Executive Officer Chair, said, “The cancellation of our summer programs and the resulting impact on our musicians and staff is devastating. We are all broken hearted by the effects of this crisis and share the disappointment of all those who look forward to the Bowl and Ford seasons every year. As we deal with this public health emergency, our task now, which we share with all of Los Angeles, is to go forward with strength and resilience, knowing we will get through this with one another’s help. The LA Phil has been here for more than one hundred years, and the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford for almost as long. We are doing what is necessary to ensure that we are all here for the next century.”
Gail Samuel, President of the Hollywood Bowl and Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, said, “The Hollywood Bowl and The Ford are much more than performance venues. They are iconic places and represent summer traditions that have played a part in defining Los Angeles itself. It’s deeply saddening to acknowledge that the 2020 summer season is gone, but the LA Phil isn’t going anywhere. Our cultural community is among the most vibrant and creative in the world.
The LA Phil has begun to furlough employees through September 30.