Where do we go from here? Governor Hogan needs to release the funds, even if it's not in time to save the summer season. The BSO's finances are precarious,and it needs some breathing room while it continues contract negotiations with the musicians. But more state funding isn't the long-term answer. The BSO is already, by far, the largest recipient of state grants to arts institutions. It needs to take steps to put its books in balance. The state funding bill required the creation of a blue-ribbon commission to examine the BSO's finances, and that needs to be given time to find cost savings that have a less dire impact on the musicians and the product. Musicians need to be prepared to make some concessions on things like vacation time and health care cost sharing. And finally, Baltimore's patrons of the arts need to commit to a major capital campaign for the BSO. It compares favorably to its peer orchestras in most respects — annual giving, ticket revenue, etc. — but not in the size of its endowment and hence the amount it can safely draw every year to support operations. If the BSO's endowment was the size of the St. Louis symphony's, we wouldn't be having this conversation.