The Philadelphia Regional Arts Consortium is a collaboration of member organizations, currently numbering 14, and varying in size and structure, who share a license for the Tessitura Software which integrates ticketing, marketing, development and audience services functionality into a single software suite. The Consortium is administered by The Wilma Theater and is primarily funded through the contributions of its member organizations.
The Consortium collectively manages a pooled database of over 700,000 active constituents. Consortium members serve audiences drawn largely from the Philadelphia five-county area, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. During fiscal year 2017 (8/1/16 – 7/31/17), Consortium members used Tessitura to sell over 350,000 tickets representing $10 million in sales, as well as manage over $15.4 million in contributed income.
For its 12 member organizations, the Philadelphia Regional Arts Consortium allows access to a state-of-the-art software suite tailored to the demands of arts administration; access to Tessitura affords Consortium members robust technical capabilities, a powerful customer relations tool which helps organizations serve patrons while tracking and analyzing trends in sales and giving, and dedicated staff support that each member, alone, would not have access to.
In addition to full consortium membership, the Philadelphia Regional Arts Consortium encourages participation in and access to the Tessitura Software through “subconsortium” memberships, where small companies with budgets under $400,000 per year can participate in the consortium with full licenses, but following a different financial model and having a limited role in governance. 11th Hour Theatre Company and EgoPo Classic Theatre are current subconsortium licensees.
The Consortium also provides online ticketing services on a per-ticket fee basis to non-Consortium clients; participating organizations have included a range of local companies, including Art-Reach, Theatre Horizon, University of the Arts, WAG Theater, and Zakarak Productions.