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Do your part to bring new music to Dallas this November!  Free concerts, public school outreach, and community connection...
Do your part to bring new music to Dallas this November! Free concerts, public school outreach, and community connection...
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WELCOME new music and kickstarter fans!  Thanks for supporting the 2011 Dallas Festival of Modern Music in our quest to bring great music to the concert stage and classroom!

We have spent the last year brainstorming, composing, planning and pulling together a team in an effort to create the most exciting contemporary music series in the country.  Now we need YOUR help to make it a reality!

(You got us...that's not actually a picture of us brainstorming, but Zanzibar Snails performing at the 2010 festival's Taste the Music series.)

ABOUT THE DALLAS FESTIVAL OF MODERN MUSIC:

Born from a dream to bring the greatest masterworks of our era to a wider audience, the Dallas Festival of Modern Music engages the Metroplex every November.  Always entirely FREE, over the years the Dallas Festival of Modern Music has given dozens of concert performances featuring many of the finest soloists and ensembles in the country, including ensemble-in-residence Ars Nova Dallas, Impulse, Chameleon Chamber Group, NT3 Percussion Trio, and many more.  In addition, their public school outreach program, Musicalive!, has enriched the lives of more than 3,000 students across our region.

Experience the Dallas Festival of Modern Music in our 2011 season, November 2-6.  Ars Nova Dallas will perform the famous Soldier's Tale Suite by Igor Stravinsky, the Bartók Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Elliott Carter's Triple Duo, and the winning compositions from our 2011 Call for Scores. The most up to date information about our programming is always available at www.dallasmodernmusic.org.


(Conductor Ryan Ross, violin soloist John Gilbert, and Ars Nova Dallas in rehearsal for the 2010 performance of Kurt Weill's haunting Violin Concerto)

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Before sparks fly, the Dallas Festival of Modern Music needs your support to create another unforgettable season.  Help us reach our goal of $4,850 for this production and make it possible for us to bring this great music to even more audiences and students in Dallas.  Admission to our concerts is always free - help us keep it that way!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the DFMM is an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization. That means any donations you send to our cause are tax-deductible to the extent that the law allows!

(Composer Roger Zare addressing the audience before a performance of his Li Po Songs)

Now the POWER is in your hands. Here is what you can do:

  • $100 allows us to print program or make a flyer circulation.
  • $225 pays licensing fees for ASCAP or BMI.
  • $400 rents a single piece of music for one night of performance!
  • $450 pays a musician for a single concert cycle. 
  • $500 covers venue costs.
  • $1,000 funds recording costs.
  • Remember too, support to the festival is tax-deductible!

Through the generous support of our donors over the past three years, the Dallas Festival of Modern Music has brought quality performances of new music to thousands via our concert series and educational programming.  Help us continue this legacy with your donation towards our most exciting season yet!

(DISD students at a Musicalive! presentation at their school)

We look forward to seeing you at our performances November 2-6, 2011, in Lakewood, Dallas!

- Jordan Smith and Ryan Ross, Co-founders and Artistic Directors

- Rachel Yoder, Executive Director

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    A Facebook / Twitter shout-out thank you from the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, and recognition as a donor on our website.

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    Access to a series of downloadable MP3's featuring the best performances from the 2009, 2010, and upcoming 2011 Dallas Festival of Modern Music, plus everything above.

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    VIP seating at a 2011 Dallas Festival of Modern Music performance of your choice and recognition in the program booklet, plus everything above.

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    A copy of a score receiving its world premiere at the 2011 Dallas Festival of Modern Music, suitable for framing and display, signed by the composer, plus everything above.

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    Drinks out with the Artistic Directors of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music - first one's on us! Learn more about music, conducting, and art in a low key environment. Plus, you'll receive everything above.

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    Sponsor a specific musician and have your name on their chair in the program book. You'll also receive a thank you note from YOUR musician, and you'll have the opportunity to meet them at specified performances. Plus, you'll receive everything above.

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    Be the dedicatee of a performance of a brand new piece of music composed performed at the 2011 Dallas Festival of Modern Music. You'll receive an original copy of the score, signed by the composer, as well as the conductor and musicians involved in the performance. Plus, you'll receive everything above (except the additional copy of the score).

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    Sponsor a specific concert or event at the 2011 Dallas Festival of Modern Music, and receive special recognition at YOUR concert. Plus, you'll receive everything above.

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