SOS - Save Our Symphony Orchestras !
Symphony orchestras and opera companies all over the US are feeling the impact of the economic crisis. The existence of some is in danger, and others have been forced into austerity because of monetary problems. Even some of our greatest and most prestigious ensembles in Philadelphia and Cleveland are having serious problems, not to mention opera companies which have either gone under or are threatened.
What can we do? There are glimmers of hope that the Obama administration may increase funding for the controversial National Endowment For THe Arts, which some conservative Washington politicians want to abolish altogether, but it's doubtful whether this organization will be able to keep our classical music organizations alive as a whole.
Possibly wealthy organizations or individuals could be persuaded to offer help. Could Bill Gates or Warren Buffett or other billionaires offer help? If you're rading this, please contact them by e mail if you can and explain that the livelihoods of so many gifted classical musicians in all 50 states is at stake. Support your local symphony orchestra if you live in that city; write letters to the editor. Contact your congressman or senator.
Our orchestras and opera companies are a precious part of American life, despite the fact that not every one is interested in classical music or cares if these performing arts organizations stay afloat.