Dear Friends of Old Songs,
Last year we wrote about how your attendance at our events and donations to Old Songs, Inc. made it possible for us to present the best in live traditional and traditionally based music. Life has changed dramatically since then. Arts organizations were the first to close and will likely be the last to reopen. On the positive side, 2020 reinforced the ideals our community has long valued — fellowship, joint responsibility, and love of music.
Where we were: In early March, Old Songs presented Matthew Byrne in concert. Soon after, everything stopped, or slowed to a crawl. The remainder of the spring concert season was postponed or cancelled. In early April it became clear we would be unable to hold two in-person major events, the Black Creek Fiddler’s Reunion and the Old Songs Festival. Like many organizations, we turned to the virtual. Black Creek was a successful all-Zoom event. In partnership with Ron Olesko and his internet radio station, Folk Music Notebook, we were able to bring you a 3-day audio Old Songs Festival with a full concert schedule as well as a retrospective from prior festivals from the Old Songs vault. Your response was overwhelming and we were able to provide much-needed funds to the artists, as well as to Old Songs itself.
Where we are now: With your continued support we are presenting virtual concerts, have restarted some on-line instrument classes with more on the way, and initiated an internet radio program on Folk Music Notebook: Old Songs: from the Vault, hosted by Chris Koldewey on the third Wednesday of the month at 9 pm.
Where we are headed: We are planning to bring you in-person festivals in 2021, but we are working on alternatives if that is not possible. We are continuing the virtual concerts that will include Magpie, Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt, John McCutcheon, Reggie Harris, Sharon Katz, John Roberts, John Kirk & Trish Miller, and more. On-line instrument classes will be available again in the spring. We are also exploring the possibility of combining live concerts with streaming once we can safely reopen.
None of our programs would be possible without the tireless work of the artists, and your support. Your gift to the Old Songs Annual Fund benefits these programs and enables us to continue presenting the music you love while providing you with new musical experiences which no doubt you will come to love.
The many ways you can financially support Old Songs include direct donations, matching gifts (corporate or individual), legacy donations, bequests, securities donations, artist and/or festival sponsorships, and instrument donations. Please contact us if you would like support us in any of these ways. All donations, large or small, are important and we are grateful for each one.
We are continually grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who have been such a constant source of support at the festival, as well as our other events. If you would like to volunteer at the in-person festival for the first time, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll email you some information.
We thank all of you who have provided financial support in the past or given of your time as a volunteer, and hope you are able once again to donate to Old Songs.
All of us at Old Songs wish you a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season.
President, Board of Directors
Old Songs, Inc.
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