We are excited to share our latest news with you: today, September 1, we are officially launching our Mentoring Program campaign on Hatchfund, a non-profit crowd-funding website dedicated exclusively to supporting art and artists like us. I am happy to say that with the support of donors like you, we have already raised $1600, or an astounding 40% of our target goal! Now we need your help to reach our “stretch goal” of $6,000 by September 30 so we can expand our mentoring program for the coming year.
In Winsor Music’s Mentoring Program, high school students and a professional mentor play together in a small chamber music group. Last January, we started our first mentoring ensemble, Violobos, with Alma Bitran, Njioma Grevious, Mitsuru Yonezaki and myself. This ensemble rehearses 2 hours every two weeks over the course of the academic year. The ensemble also performs for the Boston community in Winsor Music’s outreach concerts, as well as on our chamber series alongside professional soloists and ensembles. This season, we are formalizing and expanding the program to include more students, and violinist Gabriela Diaz will lead the next ensemble.
The money raised through this campaign will be used as a stipend to fairly compensate our mentor Gabby for her time and commitment to the program and her students. All donations are tax-deductible. Any surplus raised over the original goal will be used to fund the mentoring project in future years. We’re offering some great rewards for your donation, like VIP attendance at a closed dress rehearsal or even a house concert!
Please check out our project page here: http://www.hatchfund.org/project/mentoring_program and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions about the program, the campaign, or anything else.
Thank you so much, as always, for your support of Winsor Music. You have told us, and we agree, that the future of our organization is in educating and supporting the next generation of musicians and music lovers. We love this work, and we are so grateful that you help us to do it.