The 2020-21 Music in Action program, RWSUM's first-ever grant program, was a great success, having funded the production of two inspiring performances. Read more about the 2020-21 program here.
We are pleased to announce that our board has approved an expanded Music in Action program for 2021-22 with Dr David Cline and Renate Sharp as Co-Chairs. Dr. Cline founded RWSUM in 1998, while Renate proposed and inspired the inaugural program. She, along with Don Notvik, became Founding Sponsors, and continue to provide leadership funding for the 2021-22 program.
For our inaugural 2020-21 program, all grant funds were donated by the board of directors. For 2021-22, we hope to issue grants to 4-6 emerging artists. The board has once again made a substantial financial commitment to the program, but by expanding fundraising to you, our RWSUM members and friends, we have established a goal of $15,000, tripling the funding of the inaugural program.
To get us off to a great start, members of the RWSUM board have joined with Music in Action's Founding Sponsors, Renate Sharp and Don Notvik, to match all contributions up to a total of $5,000, dollar-for-dollar!Donate Now and take advantage of our challenge match! Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by the Internal Revenue Service.
RWSUM is an all-volunteer organization; every dollar you contribute will fund projects created by local musicians!
While the immediate shock of the George Floyd tragedy is now in the past, we still live in turbulent times and emerging artists still need our support. We have updated the Music in Action program objectives accordingly:
The intent of this grant program is to supply musicians with the funds needed to create performances and retain fair compensation for them. Grantees will own the rights to all content produced under the grant and may use it as desired to advance their career.
Each performance will consist of operatic and/or art song pieces of any era, including at least one composed by Wagner. Performances must either be:
Our fundraising campaign will extend through this summer. At the end of the campaign, when we know the total pool of grant funds available, we will launch the application process, most likely around Labor Day. Grants will be awarded no later than Thanksgiving, with 4-6 winners (up from 2 in 2020).
We plan to schedule the musical programs developed by our grant recipients throughout our 2022 Spring and Fall seasons. These Music in Action programs will be offered in addition to our traditional RWSUM events.
Won’t you join your Wagner Society in supporting our local musicians? Recovery from the pandemic will take much longer for them than for most professions, so please help financially if you can. And even if you cannot help at this time, we hope to see you at our 2022 Music in Action concerts!Click here to Donate Now and Double Your Impact!
All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by the Internal Revenue Service.
Have a wonderful summer!
Michael J Ruppert, President and Events Committee Chair