Most of us have been to concerts, whether they be classical, contemporary, modern, or pop. But did you ever consider how the instruments got to the stage? Most of them are transported by airplanes! Well, did you know that the cost to transport large instruments—Cellos, Gambas, & Contrabasses—is equal to that of the performer’s airline ticket? This means that when an ABS Academy participant who plays a large instrument is accepted and chooses to participate, they must purchase two seats.
This can quickly become cost-prohibitive for musicians who are finishing up undergraduate and graduate school or who are making their first forays into the early-music world. We have created a way to help these eager musicians find their way to San Francisco this summer to take part in the 2015 ABS Academy http://americanbach.org/academy/index.html: we're going to fly their instruments for them; but we need your help.
Please consider supporting our Kickstarter project, "The Flying Gambas," and while the name might be silly, the impact of your support will last a lifetime.
Risks and challenges
The sixth annual American Bach Soloists Academy will take place in August of 2015. Due to the annual increase of support, we have been able to dedicate our resources to education, outreach, and financial assistance for participants from around the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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