According to figures for the first quarter of 2008 released by the administrative governing body of the Fondazione Musica per Roma on 5 May, the number of visitors to the Auditorium Parco della Musica continues to grow. Compared to the same period in 2007, there has been a 15 per cent increase in spectators and a 14 per cent increase in the number of performances. There has also been a substantial increase of 31 per cent in earnings from last year while sponsorship has gone up by 60 per cent.

The figures for early 2008 were released on the occasion of the approval of the final balance sheet for 2007, which provided an opportunity to evaluate recent attendance trends at the Auditorium. The final 2007 figures show that for the fifth year in a row the Auditorium had an increase in visitors from the previous year with 958, 666 paying spectators and a further 2.3 million of visitors to the Auditorium complex for congresses, meetings and other non-spectacle events last year, bringing the total number of visitors to almost 3.3 million, as compared to just over 2 million for 2006.

Last year the Auditorium