Boulder Phil Musicians Relief Fund
We did it, we raised $20k! The first $20k will be distributed to our musicians this week. We will continue to accept donations for our musicians until we are back on stage again.
The impact of Covid-19 is being felt by each of us in different ways. Talking with our Phil musicians, I am hearing how their lives are being upended by the economic fallout of this virus. Most of our musicians have built rich professional lives with several sources of income. Now they are seeing the rehearsals, concerts, teaching, and other earning opportunities that provide their entire livelihood disappearing by the day, with no sense of when they will again have income.
We are the recipients of their great artistry, the beauty and joy these musicians bring to us. But lives in music often provide little financial security, and at this moment many musicians are facing significant hardship.
It is our turn to step up.
Today we are announcing the establishment of the Boulder Phil Musician Relief Fund, an emergency cash reserve that we will draw from in the months ahead to provide support to our musicians. Michael Butterman and I are starting the fund with our gifts of $1000 each. Our entire staff has pledged to contribute, and last night our board members stepped in to add more funding. I hope you will join me by augmenting your support of the Phil with special gift to this fund.
Music joins us to one another. Let us show our solidarity and support our Phil musicians, and when our community once again emerges from this virus-imposed silence we will celebrate together!
Every $10,000 raised allows us to pay each of our musicians for one rehearsal or concert, about $125. Will you consider a gift in the amount of one – or more – musician service?
Katherine Lehman, Executive Director