Dear Friends of Old Songs,
This time last year we wrote about pandemic life in the music world and the hope that we would soon be out and about, attending concerts and going to in-person festivals. Unfortunately, in February 2021 we had to begin the difficult discussion of continuing virtual events for the then foreseeable future.
Where we were and where we are now: During the full shutdown we were able to present 17 live-streamed concerts from October 2020 through June 2021, two virtual Black Creek Fiddlers Reunions (2020 & 2021), a virtual audio-only Old Songs Festival in June 2020 and a virtual 3-day Old Songs Festival in June 2021 with 70+ artists performing on live-streams and videos. We began presenting hybrid (in-person AND live-streamed) concerts in October 2021 using streaming equipment on loan to Old Songs from the Dance Flurry Organization and sponsored in part by a Restart NY grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. We have restarted some in-person instrument classes with more on the way, continue to present Old Songs: From the Vault, hosted by Chris Koldewey on Folk Music Notebook, and have a larger presence with our YouTube channel where you can find videos and some audio-only material from past concerts and festivals, with more content coming (consider subscribing today — it’s free!). We’ve also developed our in-house tech skills as well, editing videos and audio for posting and streaming online.
Where we are headed: We are planning in-person festivals for 2022, but always with your health and safety in mind, so watch for more details in the new year. Old Songs is purchasing its own streaming equipment so we can continue to present hybrid concerts. We have a great line-up for the spring. Not everyone is confirmed yet, so we can only post a few of the acts at this time.
Thanks, and what you can do: None of our programs would be possible without the tireless work of the artists, the many volunteers, and your support. Your gift to the Old Songs Annual Fund benefits these programs and enables us to offer you music of emerging artists alongside those long-established artists you have come to love over the years.
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 email or call us at 518-765-2815 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.
This year we expanded our volunteers to include those with exceptional computer tech skills which made the Virtual 2021 Black Creek and Old Songs Festivals work so well. 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 or or visit our volunteer site for information.
We thank all of you who have provided financial support in the past or given of your time and moral support as a volunteer, and hope you are able once again to support to Old Songs in this or other ways.
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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