COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Guild donated $40,000 to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in support of the Take a Stand Recovery and Musician Relief campaign.
“We are proud to be part of the Take a Stand Campaign. In the midst of COVID -19 crisis our music community was hit particularly hard and the Guild is glad to be able to contribute $40,000. We wish it could have been more, but we had to cancel our major fundraiser this year due to the virus,” said Hope Mena, President of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Guild.
The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Guild is an important auxiliary group that holds a variety of fundraising events every year in support of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and is the largest single volunteer contributor to the non-profit. Fundraising by the Guild from the 2019-20 Concert Season was earmarked for the Take a Stand Campaign.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Take a Stand fundraising campaign aims to raise $344,000 to offset payroll costs for musicians through July 31 due to canceled concerts. Funds raised will help extend the Philharmonic’s future while standing by musicians, who at this time are struggling to make ends meet.
“This gift from the Philharmonic Guild is a lifeline and a ringing endorsement of our beloved orchestra,” said Nathan Newbrough, President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. “We are grateful, one and all, for our dear friends in the Philharmonic Guild. With their support, we are more determined than ever to face the challenges of this crisis.”
The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is the pre-eminent symphony orchestra in Southern Colorado Springs and relies on the generosity of its patrons and ticket sales to more than 40 performances in a single season.
“The near- and long-term impacts of the Covid-19 crisis are taking their toll, however we’re resilient. Thanks to our wonderful patrons we are able to stand firm,” said Newbrough. “We are staying true to our ticketholders – exchanging their unused tickets for vouchers – and standing behind our contracted musicians, who are receiving their base salary through the end of the concert season, even though concerts are canceled. We can only do this with the steadfast support of our audience and friends, who believe so passionately in the importance of a great Philharmonic for our community.”
For more information about the Philharmonic, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Guild, and the Take a Stand campaign call (719) 575-9632 or visit csphilharmonic.org.