The Uptown Music Collective has announced the start of its Annual Fundraising Campaign for the 2012-2013 school year. The campaign, which kicked off with the schools successful Jagged Little Pill: Two Decades of Women in Rock performance, two weeks ago at the Community Arts Center, goes into high gear this week with the mailing of its annual appeal letter. The campaign will run through early February.
“Like all nonprofits, we look to the community at this time of year to help us support the work we do with the youth of our area,” said UMC Executive Director Dave Brumbaugh. “Although we charge tuition, the revenue generated from our tuition based programs only covers 70% of our operational expenses, the rest must be raised through fundraising and the school’s renowned performance programs.”
The Uptown Music Collective, founded in April of 2000, became a nonprofit organization in 2004. Since that time the school has been recognized for its work and received support from many local and national organizations, such as; the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, the Williamsport-Lycoming Community Foundation, The Billtown Blues Association, the Hot Topic Foundation, Music2Life, The Blues Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and most recently The National Endowment for the Arts.
“Foundation grants and donations allow us to improve our programs, provide incredible experiences for our students and purchase state of the art equipment to facilitate our music education efforts. Unfortunately, it is hard to find support for the more mundane needs like administrative expenses, staffing and facility expenses,” said Brumbaugh.
“Donations of any size are appreciated,” said Tracey Tillet, the Uptown Music Collective’s Development Director and head of the school’s Annual Fundraising Campaign. “Fifty dollars pays to clean an ensemble room for a month or supports half of the monthly tuition of a needy student. Every dollar is appreciated and important and every donor matters!”
To offset expenses, the school runs many fundraising events and projects throughout the year, in addition its annual campaign. This year the school is selling the Uptown Music Collective a 2013 Full Color Calendar, featuring large scale performance photos, taken by area photographer Wayne Palmer, of students performing on the Community Arts Center stage.
The school is also selling a Compilation CD of alumni and current students produced by students Dylan Rockoff and Maverick Vicars, the CD features all original music including tracks from Morgan Myles, Akron Family, Seth Olinsky, Ben Geise (Glimdropper), Alex Callenberger (Clawfoot Slumber), Sean Farley and many more.
There are many ways to support our organization. The most direct way however is a generous gift via our annual fundraising campaign. For more information on the UMC Annual Campaign or to make a convenient online donation, visit www.uptownmusic.org/donate. If you have questions about the campaign, please email Tracey at email@example.com.