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Spartanburg Music Foundation aims to raise $1 million

Staff Report
Published Oct. 6, 2011

The Music Foundation of Spartanburg recently announced a $1 million campaign with a Dec. 31 deadline as orchestras nationwide are closing their doors.

This follows a successful silent phase of raising $500,000 within the Spartanburg community.

The funds will enable the foundation to implement a business plan to refocus financial and personnel resources toward increasing the orchestra’s audience and community outreach.

The 125 year-old organization presents the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in five masterworks concerts per season led by conductor Sarah Ioannides, one of the nation's few leading female conductors.

New in-school outreach plans include Link-Up, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in-school program, which pairs orchestras across the country with third through fifth graders at schools in their local communities to explore orchestral repertoire through hands-on music curriculum.

Carnegie Hall partners with local orchestras to support existing education programs and provide professional development to local music teachers for high quality curricula for students.

The foundation recently began Philharmonic Partners, which works with non-profit agencies to identify families from the Spartanburg community who demonstrate an interest in the concert hall experience. The foundation will offer opportunities to attend Masterworks Concerts and pre-concert informational chats facilitated by Ioannides.

Follow-up surveys and focus groups will provide the foundation with a better understanding of the desires and interests of the community at large.

Call Executive Director Keysie Maddox at 864-948-9020 for more information or to donate.