Income and Profits From The Festivals
Below is a table of the gross income for each festival and the net profits.
The festivals were commenced with the purpose of raising funds for the General Hospital. As can be seen they generated significant income over the years and were, in that context a success. It is interesting to note that the the net profit in 1912 was the lowest it had been since 1799 over 100 years earlier even though the population of Birmingham was considerably higher. This was doubtless a contributory factor in the demise of the festivals as was the outbreak of war in 1914
Competition from other orchestral series was also probably a factor as was increasing fees demanded by artists. Overall there was no single reason for the cessation of the festivals. More a combination of financial and social issues.