This past March, it was with great disappointment we made the decision to cancel the remainder of the Charlottesville Municipal Band’s 2020 season. We were on the cusp of our 98th Summer Series, something we know our loyal patrons, friends and eighty volunteer musicians look forward to every year; but for the health of our entire community, the decision to cancel was the right decision.
Our small ensembles picked up the baton and have since performed seventeen socially distanced concerts for nearly 600 people gathering in neighborhood driveways, parking lots of senior living facilities, community parks and even a parking garage! These concerts have been so successful, we are increasing the number and types of ensembles available and as long as health policies and the weather allow, we’ll continue to entertain, uplift and inspire through our music!
In a normal year, our annual fundraising campaign traditionally keeps us in good financial standing for the next season. Last year, we received just over $86,000 in public donations for which we are sincerely grateful. As a non-profit organization, we rely on those donations to cover our operating expenses including performance venues, Municipal Arts Center maintenance, music, instruments, equipment transportation and the salaries of our four employees. In addition, for the first time ever, we’ve hired a local public relations firm to assist us in cultivating multi-generational audiences and becoming a more culturally diverse organization integral to Charlottesville’s quality of life – exciting work as we chart the course for our next century of musical excellence! However, given the absence of weekly contact with our patrons this summer, the success of this year’s fundraising campaign is somewhat in question. None the less, we’re moving forward optimistically planning our 99th Summer Series, as well as our 100th Year Celebration in 2022!
We are as eager as you are to reach a time when we can all music together again. We miss you! If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that music remains important for humanity and your thoughtful donation and continued support of the Charlottesville Municipal Band will ensure we can do our part for many years to come!