Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Music Builds Community Campaign Receives $1 Million Challenge Gift!

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Music Builds Community (MBC): The Hartford Symphony Orchestra Campaign has a $1 million challenge to meet!   A team of individuals who wish to remain anonymous have combined to create a very unique challenge grant for the MBC Campaign that will result in a gift of $1,000,000, provided the HSO raises $750,000 in new gifts to the MBC Campaign between now and December 31, 2018.

The goal of Music Builds Community is to raise $10,000,000 by 2022.  As of September 10, 2018, MBC has raised $5,859,230 representing 59% of the goal.   The challenge grant is made to honor and celebrate HSO’s 75th Season, which starts in October of 2018.

The period of the challenge grant began on June 20th.  Gifts from all sources, including individual, foundation, business and corporate, will count towards the $750,000 that the HSO must raise in order to receive the added gift of $1,000,000. To date, $481,035 has been raised towards this challenge, representing 64.1% of the goal.

MBC resulted from an extensive strategic planning process, providing the framework to expand and leverage the HSO brand. Based on this framework three goals were set:

  • $6.0 million to build the HSO’s endowment providing organizational support in perpetuity.
  • $2.0 million to increase Education and Community Engagement programs to meet a growing need throughout our extended community.
  • $2.0 million to create innovative programs introducing orchestral music to new audiences.

MBC Campaign Chair Rebecca Corbin Loree, an HSO director and Founder and CEO of Corbin Advisors in Farmington, said the challenge comes as a wonderful surprise to the effort.

“As theHSO heads to its 75thanniversary, this challenge will help focus attention on the great music created by its musicians and its community impact as a leading arts organization in Connecticut. We look forward to meeting and exceeding this challenge as we move closer to our goal.”

More information on MBC may be found on its web site: www.hsombc.org. Additional information on participating in the campaign may be obtained by contacting Campaign Manager Ted Bruttomesso, Jr.  tbruttomesso@hartfordsymphony.orgor 860-760-7309.