I mentioned the Music Matters campaign yesterday in my charity gift post, but I wanted to elaborate a bit. What’s the point of being a BSO intern if you don’t shill for them once in a while?
Okay, so Music Matters: Play Your Part is the campaign slogan for the BSO’s donation campaign. The BSO musicians accepted salary cuts so as to save a solid million dollars in the orchestra’s budget, a million they really needed in today’s economy. You, the BSO audience, have been challenged to match and even surpass that amount for the year’s donation.
You can pay a lump sum up front or pay small amounts over time; whatever works best for you. Your money goes to the general needs of the BSO, of course, but also enables the continuation and growth of multiple education and outreach programs and children’s opportunities.
If you’re looking for a musical organization to support for the holiday season, look no further than here. If you make your donation by December 31, 2009, you can apply it on your upcoming tax form. More details about that in the link.
And now comes the really cheesy, heartfelt bit that fund raisers just love, but you know I mean it because I’d be a terrible fund raiser (it’s not that I don’t like strangers, it’s just that… I just lied about that. I don’t). The BSO truly is an amazing orchestra, a fact to which any classical music lover can attest. I remember sitting in the audience at the Thibaudet Returns concert marveling at how perfect the cellos were, like their sound was emanating from one gigantic cello with stereo capabilities. If you want to support classical music in the Baltimore-Washington area, you couldn’t make a better choice.
Right. Back to being cynical. I say bah to puppies and rainbows. Bah!