Topic: Fundraising in Early Music
I am delighted that Gonzalo has joined the Forum...delicious sound and brilliant mind! (ahem) As Vice President for Development with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, *I* am responsible for raising the money to pay the bills to keep the band on the stage. In Atlanta, if I were raising $$$ to promote Gangster Rap, I could just throw one concert and my bank account would be immediately bullet proof. Buxtehude is viewed in the land of collard greens and corn bread as possibly a car thief to be shot at! ;-)
Perhaps this Forum can share some valuable experiences in successful/unsuccessful efforts at "pulling the lining out of the pockets"! The ABO will begin its 10th season onstage in 2008 as the only period-instrument orchestra performing in the Southeast. Despite the struggles...we have SURVIVED!
BREAKING NEWS: Jonathan Dlouhy, Principal oboe with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, has just signed on effective July 1 as Director of Marketing and Administration for the ABO! AND...not so breaking but rather miraculous, John Hsu from Cornell University accepted our offer in January of 2006 to serve as Artistic Director for the ABO. God is on our side!
A Happy Weekend to All!
"Bach is Bach, as God is God."
- Hector Berlioz