The word “development” – a term familiar to Americans – as applied to art and culture means: expansion, growth, exploration. In addition to the existing associations of Friends, the responsibility of the Development Department of the Salzburg Festival is to find new sponsors, patrons and supporters, to design youth programs as well as to conceptualize future models of support.
The Salzburg Festival raises a large part of its budget itself: its economic autonomy of over 70% is unique among comparable cultural institutions in continental Europe. The average rate of self-financing of German-language opera houses is currently 13%.
Sponsors, patrons and supporters contribute a sum of about € 8,4 million – a major step on the way to making the Festival happen.