Because the arts bring communities to life.
With $160K of support from ECCF’s Creative County Initiative, the Essex County Creative Nonprofit Resiliency Grant Program succeeded in helping forty-seven creative nonprofits weather the early economic devastation of COVID-19, and the CCI creative network continues to grow and strengthen as a result. The Essex County Artist Fund remains open for individual artists economically affected by COVID-19.
Our last performed concert on March 8th was affected by the Covid 19 outbreak because we only had half our normal attendance, and thus lost $1,500 in normal income. The MVPO was unable to perform our fourth and final concert of this season in May 2020, with the devastating loss of $2500 in income from that concert, based on our average ticket sales. Our 55-member orchestra can no longer rehearse together to prepare our music. All Board meetings have to take place virtually, as well as all other committee meetings. As we prepare for our upcoming season 2020-202 season, we need revenue to pay for the brochures announcing our season and seeking donations as well as ticket sales. Last year the brochures cost $2400. We also print concert program books containing details for all four concerts at a cost of $2800. For our first fall concert, we will need $2500 for our musicians, $1250 for our conductor, and $1800 for the hall rental. Due to Corvid 19, our MVPO orchestra cannot meet together as a team and create music. We cannot plan adequately for next year nor recoup our losses from this year. Although we have existed for 59 years, we only have funds to survive for another 3 years at most. We do not want to lose our identity and cease to exist to serve our community. Each of our orchestra members live locally and call the Merrimack Valley home.
Non-Profit: Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Society, Inc. – Haverhill
Learn more: mvpomusic.org
Mission: The mission of the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra is to provide performance and listening opportunities of quality orchestra music for Merrimack Valley musicians and audiences. Fifty-nine years ago, Joseph Ierardi took a group of engineers from Raytheon in Andover and formed the community orchestra which became the MVPO of today. We were incorporated in Lawrence, MA in l961 and have provided quality music for the Valley ever since then, including opportunities for young, talented area soloists to perform, and training for qualified young musicians in the area. Professional musicians work side by side with nonprofessional musicians on musical masterpieces. We give out ten complimentary tickets to five senior centers in the Valley for each of our four concerts, including Haverhill, No. Andover, and Plaistow, NH, where we now perform at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center. Many of these senior citizens could not afford to attend a live concert without these tickets, and are extremely appreciative! We have given reduced fare tickets to Trinity Church in Haverhill for low income participants in their after-school instrumental study program. We mentor high school students who perform with us as part of our ensemble, and give them first hand experience performing the great masterpieces of orchestral repertoire. We award a $1,000 scholarship each year to an outstanding high school musician who is furthering their study of music in college. We hold our monthly Board meetings at the No. Andover Senior Center. We are a current member of the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce as well. During 2000 through 2015, we were the resident orchestra in the Rogers Center at Merrimack College in No. Andover.
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