REMINDER :: 2010-11 MSO Season Kick-off BBQ for members is THIS Saturday

by jrepucci on August 17, 2010

Have you RSVP’d to our member BBQ scheduled for this Saturday (August 21) at Bruce Karlin’s house?  If not, we’d appreciate your letting us know your intentions (so we can plan appropriate quantities of food and refreshments) by clicking on the link below to respond on-line ::

Did  you know?

  • The net cost (i.e. – after ticket sales and other direct income) of each MSO concert is approximately $5,000 ?
  • Each MSO concert features approximately 40 non-professional performers (that’s probably you) ?
  • Each year, it costs approximately $500 per member to support the orchestra’s operations ?
  • Through this past season, qualified members of the community could play in the orchestra without any financial or volunteer obligations?

The past several years have been financially challenging for many non-profit organizations, and the the MSO is no different.  Our financial challenges have been amplified, however, by the absence of any significant institutional information and processes despite almost 30 years of existence.  On a more positive note, we have an incredibly talented, passionate and devoted maestro at our musical helm — a tremendous asset that deserves more than being mired in operational mediocrity!

The 2009-10 concert season was a year of observation and assessment.  The lessons learned have resulted in a series of changes intended to bring better stability and balance to the orchestra’s ongoing operations.  In the years ahead, the MSO should not only set its sights on substantially improving its core operations, but ultimately expanding our programming.  We need our members to step up to the plate, however, to make this happen.

Summary of Key Changes

We’ll talk more about these key changes at our upcoming BBQ, but the basic theme is this — membership in the MSO must include more than coming to rehearsals and playing in 1 or 2 concerts.

As noted above, it costs the organization approximately $500 per member to operate on an annual basis.  Starting this season, each member will be called upon to defray a larger portion of this cost.  Fear not, however, as what we’re asking of you should not result in any heavy burdens.

We’re starting by establishing a minimum annual dues payment of $50 for each member.  The next part is slightly more interesting — each member must pick from a variety of options to further underwrite the remaining annual cost of their “seat” in the orchestra.  These can include one or more of the following:

  • securing corporate advertising or underwriting support
  • purchasing admissions tickets for concerts (encourage others to buy tickets, buy them yourself and donate them to a worthy organization, or give them away to your friends and family)
  • making a voluntary financial contribution in your name, or in the name of others you wish to honor or memorialize
  • serving in one of the 15+ newly created volunteer roles that carries specific responsibilities around each concert (monetary credit applied for each position)

The bottom line?  We simply need a tiny bit of your time (or money) to secure our future.  That’s all it’s going to take to position this organization for 30 more years of success.  Stay tuned for more details.

Please see 2010-2011 Season and Support MSO – Volunteer pages for additional details.

Jack Speranza

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