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The Memphis Symphony is in a state of financial crisis. Please help us raise the money we need to finish our season! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 7, 2014.

The Memphis Symphony is in a state of financial crisis. Please help us raise the money we need to finish our season!

About this project

Dear Friend,

Thank you for visiting our fundraising campaign website! If you've made it this far, you've already shown a commitment to live classical music, and I can't tell you how much we appreciate that. 

It has recently become public that the Memphis Symphony Orchestra is facing a financial crisis that threatens our existence. While the organization's management works on this problem from the budgetary and corporate angles, we the musicians have reached out to our community for help. 

We invite you to take a look at some of the "perks" we are offering back to the community in exchange for donations. They are only small tokens of our huge appreciation for you, our audience. Mayors Wharton and Luttrell were recently quoted in the Commercial Appeal saying that Memphis would not be the same without the Memphis Symphony, but it is equally true that the Memphis Symphony would not exist without the people of Memphis!

Stay tuned for our exciting campaign video, for which you can see a countdown above. And keep visiting our facebook page, as we will be highlighting various MSO musicians and the work they do for you and your children in our fine city. 

Please share this page with your friends and spread the love, and we'd love for you to come visit us at one of our concerts! Visit www.memphissymphony.org for tickets and more information, and don't forget to come up to the stage and say hello! Thank you for your support, and please stay in touch. 

Please note that the Memphis Symphony Orchestra is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible!

Best,

Chris James

Second Flute and Piccolo

Chair, Orchestra Musicians' Committee

Here's what's being offered the remainder of the 2013-2014 season. These are things that would never see the light of day if we don't raise the money to finish the season!

March 15/16: Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony

March 22: New Orleans Jazz with the MSO Big Band

March 28: "Joy...ful Mendelssohn" with MSO founding concertmistress Joy Brown Weiner on violin

April 25: Rhodes Choral Mastersingers - featuring the Faure Requiem and Chris Brubeck

May 3: Beethoven Pastorale - a double-bill of two of Beethoven's best-loved symphonies

May 10: Symphony in the Gardens - presented outdoors at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens

May 16: Rebirth of the Dream - a special community collaboration inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

May 17: The music of the Rolling Stones

May 24: Sunset Symphony

Risks and challenges

We hope to keep the Memphis community appraised of our situation in every way. Parallel to this campaign are the efforts of our management to attract major corporate and non-profit funding, and examine the budget for a more sustainable future.

The budget gap necessary to complete this season started out at $400,000. Thanks to some early generous gifts and some internal staffing and programming changes, that number has shrunk to $100,000. We know that we can "crowd-source" this Kickstarter goal of $25,000, but we hope not to stop there! The more money we raise, the better we will be able to give back to you, our community.

The only thing standing in the way of completing this season gracefully is the funds. All artists and venues are booked, everything is ready to go as usual. We aim to produce these concerts to our customary artistic standards, and we need your help to do that!

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  • This Kickstarter, and the "Save Our Symphony" campaign in general, are run by the Musicians of the Memphis Symphony. However, the musicians are acting under the auspices (and with the blessing) of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Inc., a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization. At the end of the campaign, all funds will be deposited straight into the MSO's accounts: all donations are tax-deductible, and all donors will be receipted by the Memphis Symphony.

    (This is presuming we raise the $25,000, of course! Please share the campaign with your friends so we can make that happen!)

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    Pledge $10 or more

    25 backers

    For $10 or more, receive a beautiful bumper sticker designed exclusively for this campaign! Modeled after the MSO's french horn logo, the sticker reads "SOS: Save Our Symphony". Memphis area only.

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    29 backers

    Donors of $25 or higher receive a high-quality white cotton t-shirt with our brand new "SOS: Save Our Symphony" logo. Delivery to Memphis area only.

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    79 backers

    For $50, your name will be printed in the program insert of our next concert, under "Save Our Symphony Campaign Donors."

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    21 backers

    For $100, take a photo with an MSO musician of your choice! Memphis area only.

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    7 backers

    For $250, schedule a lunch date with an MSO musician of your choice! Includes the cost of lunch. Memphis area only.

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    4 backers

    For a $500 donation, you will be invited to an upcoming rehearsal to sit right on stage and interact with the musicians. Memphis area only.

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    3 backers

    For $1000, sponsor a musician for an upcoming concert. Meet the musician you sponsored after the concert for a photo, which will be posted in a special Facebook album of Chair Sponsors. Your name will be projected above the stage at the Cannon Center as a "Save Our Symphony Campaign Donor." Photo-op for Memphis-area donors only.

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    2 backers

    For $2500, sponsor an entire section of the orchestra (your choice) for an upcoming concert. Your name will be announced from the stage, and we will arrange for a photo-op with your section, to be posted in a special Facebook album (Memphis area only). Your name will be projected above the stage at the Cannon Center as a "Save Our Symphony Campaign Donor." T-shirt and bumper sticker included.

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    0 backers

    Donors of $5000 or more will be treated to a private house concert by an ensemble of MSO musicians. Your name will be projected above the stage at the Cannon Center as a "Save Our Symphony Campaign Donor." T-shirt and bumper sticker included. Memphis area only.

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    0 backers

    For $10,000, your name will be projected over the stage for the remainder of our Cannon Center concerts for the season as a "Save Our Symphony Campaign Season Sponsor" AND all previous rewards apply. (House concert, photo-op, lunch with musicians, invitation to rehearsal, t-shirt and bumper sticker.)

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Funding period

- (60 days)