The Hartford Symphony Orchestra announced its Music Builds Community: The Hartford Symphony Orchestra Campaign today in an event held at The Bushnell.
The goal of MBC is to raise $10 million by 2021, ensuring the HSO’s key role in the greater Hartford region. In 2016, MBC received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving which provided the financial resources necessary to begin and sustain the campaign.
Fundraising results as of April 18th include 78 gifts totaling $4,635,145, representing 46 percent of the campaign’s goal.
Music Builds Community (MBC) is led by a volunteer committee chaired by HSO Board of Directors member Rebecca Corbin Loree, Founder and CEO of Corbin Advisors in Farmington. Joining her are HSO Board Chairman Jeff Verney, HSO Board Vice Chairman John Langenus, and Board members David Roth and Karen Sprout.
Attendees included HSO board, staff, and musicians, as well as local community leaders and special guests. After the reception, attendees were invited to attend the HSO’s Discovery Series concert for students, Link Up: The Orchestra Swings, where more than 2,000 upper elementary school students from 22 Hartford public schools attended and performed with the HSO.
“Day in and day out, the magnificent Hartford Symphony Orchestra makes a tremendous difference in the lives of people living in the greater Hartford community,” said Verney. “One of the things I love best is to look at the joyful faces of people after they have attended an HSO event, whether it’s the faces of children after they have interacted with our musicians in schools or at concerts; the faces of patrons who have just heard another phenomenal performance at a concert; the faces of people who are in medical facilities who have been transported by the music played by small groups of HSO musicians; or the faces of individuals who have heard HSO musicians perform in private homes.
“Music indeed builds community,” continued Verney, “and I am confident that the community will strongly support the HSO through the Music Builds Community campaign.”
“The HSO is a leading cultural asset in Connecticut and a significant contributor to the richness of the Greater Hartford region,” Loree said. “Through our collective passion for enriching lives and community through great music, the Symphony will continue to be a positive force and the Music Builds Community campaign is our opportunity to support this important mission.”
The campaign has three fundraising goals:
- $6 million to build the HSO’s endowment, providing organizational support in perpetuity
- $2 million to increase education and community engagement programs to meet a growing need throughout our extended community
- $2 million to create innovative programs that both captivate new audiences while remaining true to our foundation
The quiet phase of MBC began in April 2017, with 100% of the HSO Board of Directors members and HSO staff making a commitment to the campaign, totaling more than $2.4 million. During this phase, several directors made the largest charitable gift of their lives and members of the orchestra have stepped forward as well.
Additionally, MBC received a generous $500,000 gift from Stanley, Black and Decker, one of the many examples of the firm’s desire to make our region a great place to live and work.
For more information on Music Builds Community (MBC): The Hartford Symphony Orchestra Campaign, visit hsombc.org.