Chip In To Help us reach our goal!
As you know, it is necessary to supplement our school budget ($100) with fundraising dollars in order to sustain a quality string music education for all of our students.
There are many ways to do this, and in the recent past the music department at Derby has relied on our annual Fruit Sale through Indian River Florida and private donations to support our needs. The fruit sale was a HUGE asset to our music program and helped us raise over $20,000 per year. Indian River has decided that it will no longer allow their product to be used as a fundraiser with schools. While we have looked at many different types of fundraisers, there is simply nothing that we have found at this point, that would allow us to raise the amount of money needed to sustain and grow our programs.
FOR THIS REASON, WE ARE GOING TO START THE
DERBY MUSIC DEPARTMENT DONATION DRIVE!
You can donate by check, (made payable to "Derby Orchestra Boosters") or cash. In total, this goal of $20,000 for the choir, band, and orchestra comes to approximately $60 per student. While we realize that not every family can donate $60, we hope that you will consider donating what you can and/or asking others to do the same.
Tax-Deductible Check Option
The music department has teamed up with Birmingham Education Foundation in order for your donation to be tax deductable. The BEF has a Program Support Fund that is earmarked to a specific program so funds can be withdrawn to support the needs of that fund.
In order for your donation to be tax deductible you will need to make your check payable to the BEF and specify in the memo which music department (Derby Orchestra) this money will support.
Corporate Sponsor Option - NEW!
We are looking for local companies to purchase advertising space in our concert programs. This is win-win opportunity and a great way to support our program. See attached document for more information!
Each student will receive the attached donation information and suggested donation amounts. They also will receive an envelope to return with their completed "Donation Drive" form, checks and cash by Friday November 18th.
BENEFITS OF YOUR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION
- Guest artists and sectional coaches
- Guest clinicians for pre-Festival clinic
- New sheet music for our program ($60-85 each)
- Replacing/repairing set of classroom tuners
- Rosin, cleaning cloths, finger tapes, rock stops
- Rehair of school cello/bass bows ($60 per bow)
- New set of cello strings ($100 each)
- New set of bass strings every 2-3 years ($200 each)
- Assisting families who are experiencing hardship
- Providing private lesson scholarships for students
With deep gratitude and appreciation,