Music is in our everyday lives and the experience of music performed live by a world class Symphony Orchestra remains a cornerstone of our cultural experience. As Canada’s third largest Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is a community organization based around community needs. The VSO is a neighbor and community partner that melds a sense of business with an overarching passion for sound. For organizations that invest in live orchestral music, it pays substantial dividends in civic pride, cultural advancement, education and personal satisfaction. The investment also helps you to meet marketing and business objectives through co-branding and advertising with a highly recognized cultural institution.

The VSO offers a season of inspiration and exhilaration and we invite you to experience the benefits and opportunities of becoming a corporate partner.

Corporate support can be provided to the VSO in three different ways:

  • Sponsorship
  • Corporate Donations
  • Gifts in Kind



People in the Lower Mainland have been going to the Vancouver Symphony concerts for 100 years
The VSO is the largest Arts organization west of Ontario. As a cultural cornerstone of the Arts community, the VSO successfully produces more concert events in the course of our season than any other Box Office west of Toronto
Symphony demographics show that concertgoers are well-established, affluent and influential members of Vancouver area communities
The Symphony’s growing audiences are skewing younger as the most popular classical music enjoys a renaissance
Through performances by internationally-renowned guest artists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lang Lang, Ben Heppner, Sarah Chang, Daniel Muller-Schott, Colin James, Christopher Parkening, James Ehnes, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Jon Kimura Parker, as well as Music Director Otto Tausk, the Symphony stays top of mind in Vancouver
The VSO is experiencing rapid growth in attendance including secondary and post-secondary students through the “TD ALL-ACCESS PASS” program



Each year, more than 262,000 patrons attend over 150 VSO performances at the Orpheum Theatre and other community locations such as the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the Bell Performing Arts Centre, Centennial Theatre, and the Orphuem Annex
More than 50,000 children and youth participate in VSO music education programs



The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is committed to creating programs that bring orchestral music to people of all ages and backgrounds.

By partnering with the VSO, your company will:

  • Establish an association with a world-class Symphony Orchestra
  • Raise its community profile
  • Be viewed as a philanthropic organization
  • Help support children’s education programs (reaching over 50,000 children annually)
  • Help make orchestral music accessible and affordable through the VSO’s outreach programs
  • Help enrich the lives of the residents of our city, region and country



Our goal is to create a sponsorship package that is tailor-made to serve your corporate goals. Your company can choose to sponsor an individual performance, a full series, a special concert, education programs, or become an exclusive Season Sponsor. For detailed information on the VSO’s Sponsorship Program which includes publicity, advertising, complimentary tickets and an opportunity to entertain your guests, please contact Jason Hulbert, Manager, Corporate Programs, at 604.684.9100 ext. 260 or email



Create an incredible evening at the Symphony that your guests will not forget. Customized benefits can include:

  • Complimentary tickets
  • Assistance in planning and organizing pre- and/or post-concert receptions
  • Opportunity to invite guest conductors and guest artists to private receptions
  • Pre-performance talks providing an overview of the evening’s performance
  • Backstage tours for sponsor guests (subject to the number of guests)
  • Opportunity for your employees to purchase tickets for the sponsored concerts at a 25% discount. Your employees will be entitled to a 15% discount on subscription and single ticket purchases throughout the season outside of your sponsored performances, excluding specials



Promotional benefits can be tailored to suit the nature of your sponsorship. With 150 concerts per season, and a variety of education and outreach programs, sponsorship with the VSO offers flexibility and the ability to reach all or segments of the VSO audience. Marketing opportunities may include:

  • Inserts in VSO House Programs
  • Product placement
  • Sampling
  • Your company’s alignment with specific areas of the orchestra’s work
  • A unique promotion tailored to your organizational goals



The VSO’s corporate sponsors receive recognition in all publicity and advertising activities associated with their specific sponsorship. Note: some benefits are time sensitive.

  • VSO Season Brochure (distribution of 160,000)
  • VSO Concert Companion (distribution of 75,000)
  • VSO Allegro Concert Magazine (5 issues at 25,000 per issue with a shelf life of 6-8 weeks)
  • VSO Season promotional pieces (distribution of 80,000)
  • VSO Performance Press Releases
  • VSO Website allows for logo recognition on the series or concert page and with a direct link to your company website
  • Lobby signage at the sponsored event
  • A live announcement will acknowledge your sponsorship to the audience prior to the start of each performance
  • Series sponsors will have their company name printed on all concert tickets for their series
  • Your logo may appear in VSO ads in the following publications:
    • The Vancouver Sun, The Georgia Straight, The Province, The Vancouver Courier, XTRA West, Vancouver Shinpo, Sing Tao, Surrey Now, Surrey Leader



Giving to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is a rewarding tradition that directly connects you to the annual production and presentation of more than 130 concerts, and tens of thousands of students through our music education program.

The VSO has earned an international reputation for the highest standards of performance, and your corporate support is an investment in the VSO’s commitment to excellence. Your investment in the VSO enriches not only the local economy, but also the quality of life in our city, making Vancouver an outstanding place to live and work.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra depends on corporate support to help ensure:

  • An engaging season of performances of masterworks of the orchestral repertoire as well as new commissions
  • The continuing collaboration of the VSO with school boards in Greater Vancouver to provide BC curriculum-based education programs that reach approximately 25,000 students annually
  • The growth of the hugely successful All Access Pass audience-development initiative for thousands of members under the age of 35
  • New and exciting ventures in the coming years



The Vancouver Symphony is always open to ideas regarding the exchange of services or product normally associated with annual organizational costs for recognition and benefits listed under Sponsorship depending on the amount.

For detailed information on Contra or Gifts in Kind under a sponsorship partnership with the VSO, please contact Jason Hulbert, Manager, Corporate Programs, at 604.684.9100 ext. 260 or email