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CROWDRISE : Sep 11, 2012
Tax ID: 23-7083723
BASED: Guilford, VT, United States



Our Mission

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Friends of Music at Guilford began on Labor Day Weekend in 1966, with an organ recital in a rural barn, and we open every season with a return to this rural farmstead for our two-day festival.

Two related principles have guided Friends of Music since its founding. First is our dedication to the great tradition of amateur performance—music performed for the love of it. Skilled amateurs and volunteer professionals serve as our musicians, along with special guest artists and ensembles. Second, we have kept our core events admission-by-donation, as a service to the community; these include the Labor Day Weekend Festival, Community Messiah Sing, and Christmas at Christ Church events. Since 2007, the annual Messiah Sing donations are given to two agencies serving the area's homeless at holiday time (over $8,000 as of 2011). For 40 seasons our Christmas concert donations have been shared with the preservation fund of historic Christ Church.

We also have a special mission: to present works which would otherwise go unperformed. In addition to programming such repertoire from past centuries, we have given special attention to music of our own time and place. Friends of Music has premiered over 400 works by New England composers, ranging from chamber pieces and songs to choral and orchestral music. We are particularly proud to have premiered more than 45 works for musical theater: chamber operas, dance pieces, two full-length operas, and a musical comedy. In 2010, we inaugurated a gala fundraiser, our annual Celebration of Women Composers, performing works by women from 800 AD to the present; this house-concert event provides additional support for our core programming.

In 2008-09, we introduced two new community outreach efforts: a Performance Series for Senior Citizens at elder residences and activity centers in the area, and a Music Enrichment Program for the elementary and middle school in our hometown, which had undergone cutbacks in its music staffing. Both programs were initially grant-funded and very enthusiastically received. The Concert Series for Seniors is now entirely dependent on our identifying sources of program support, while the school program is currently in its fifth year of partial funding through a regional trust supplemented by other fundraising efforts (these include a Spaghetti Supper at the school and a public concert by the artists-in-residence).

We present fixed-admission events, too—guest artist concerts and stage music projects that require us to recoup costs through ticket sales, which we keep as modest as possible. Support also comes from grants (though the competition is tighter than ever and awards usually a bit smaller than in the past), as well as from about 300 member households making an annual donation of $20 (low-income), $30 (individual), or $45 (two or more members).

The above is accomplished on a very modest budget (averaging $60,000-$80,000 annually) with one administrative director and a board of trustees generally numbering from 10 to 15, including from 1 to 3 high-school age "junior trustees," who give us their youthful energy and programming ideas while earning community service credits.

Tax ID: 23-7083723 •


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