As we continue to face a period of prolonged constraints to live concert events, you can help EMV develop new programming that will compensate BC artists for their vital work. Musicians have been there for us when we needed them. By providing consolation and inspiration they have been an essential lifeline in recent months. And yet, many of them have done so for little to no payment. Now is the time to give back, and to ensure that music and art will continue to be a part of our lives when this challenging time is over.
“Music and music-making offers so much at any time, but during this challenging time of pandemic, I have witnessed with amazement and gratefulness how my colleagues’ practice of music-making has fostered in them broader creative thinking skills and a fierce determination to connect, to communicate, and to comfort others. What a joy it is to participate in such a community!”
Christina Hutten, harpsichordist, organist, and EMV Online Summer School Instructor. Excerpt from EMV’s “Musical Offering” project
Click here for information about how EMV is redesigning its artistic plans so that we can continue employing local musicians over the next three months. Without significant ticket revenue associated with these initiatives we need your help more than ever. Our plans include a major new digital concert hall series hosted by Bill Richardson and myself at the Chan Centre, the creation and future expansion of our EMV Online Summer School, and contributing to an online chamber series based in Victoria entitled “Music from the Pause.” All of these initiatives feature BC artists you know and love and will be available for everyone to enjoy for free from the comfort and safety of their own home.
Our goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of our fiscal year on August 31. Bryan Atkins, a long-time EMV donor, is willing to match all donations up to $15,000 towards this goal. All funds raised will go directly towards paying BC-based artists. Please help us take advantage of this special matching opportunity by making a tax-deductible donation online now.
Executive & Artistic Director
P.S. According to a Canada Council study published in 2019, before the pandemic, the median individual income for Canadian musicians was only $17,900 per year. This number speaks for itself and demonstrates the extent to which musicians need us now. Donations of any size will make a difference.