Boston City Singers selected as a grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts innovation and Management Program
[Dorchester] — SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 — Boston City Singers today announced that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. Through the two-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing $30 million across 262 small and mid-sized nonprofit cultural organizations around the country to help strengthen their operational and programming efforts, including training in fundraising, audience development and board member engagement.
“We are honored to have been selected to be part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ newest funding program. To be recognized by such a prestigious national foundation allows us to strengthen our music and youth development programs.” said Jane Money, Boston City Singers’ Founding Artistic Director.
The invitation-only program supports nonprofit cultural organizations based in six cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. All organizations are locally or internationally recognized nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. The grantees are required to participate in a management training program; secure matching funds; ensure 100% board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in the Cultural Data Project, an online financial & data collection platform that assists arts organizations across the country to collect, learn from, and use data effectively. The grants are unrestricted so that recipients can use them to address their greatest needs.
The grant will be used to strengthen programming through prospect research and cultivation, increase the donor database and host cultivation events.
Bloomberg Philanthropies is partnering with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to develop curricula and conduct trainings for the AIM program in each city. The comprehensive workshops engage organizations around activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals and include consultations and implementation support for arts managers and their boards.
First piloted in New York City, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported 245 grantees through AIM from 2011-2013. Participating organizations reported improvements in audience development, board engagement and fundraising over the two-year program.
Boston City Singers Embarks on
International Goodwill Performance Tour to Costa Rica
DORCHESTER, MA (July 20, 2015) – The acclaimed Dorchester-based Boston City Singers Tour Choir — over 40 young singers ages 11-18 — is getting ready to embark on a two-week Goodwill Tour to Costa Rica from August 8 - 21, 2015.
The Tour Choir will explore Costa Rica’s musical traditions as well as its unique history and ecology. They will begin in Peñas Blancas, where they will perform at two local primary schools, followed by a visit to an orphanage in La Fortuna. In San Jose, the Tour Choir will have the opportunity to perform at the Cartago Cathedral with the renown chamber choir Sensa Tempo, under the direction of Beverlyn Mora, faculty member at the Universidad de Costa Rica. At the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (the fourth largest theater in the country), Boston City Singers will join forces with the Universidad de Costa Rica choir in an evening concert. They will close the tour with concerts and visits in Monteverde and Punta Leona. In addition to their several performances, the Tour Choir will also have the opportunity to learn about Costa Rican culture and history through hands-on activities, including learning folk dances, and history tours.
Boston City Singers is committed to developing cultural ambassadors for peace, harmony, and cooperation by embarking on a Goodwill Tour biannually. Under the direction of Artistic Director Jane E. Money, all members have been given the opportunity to attend regardless of their family’s financial circumstance. To prepare for the tour, the forty singers were divided into six teams and asked to raise at least $3,000 per team to contribute toward the cost of the tour. In addition, singers took part in a service day designed to fundraise in their neighborhoods and communities. The fundraising is well worth it, say singers, for the experiences they have while on tour:
“When we travel to other countries, I know that when we start singing, a connection will form between each and every one of us, as if an invisible thread is running through our lungs.”
— Maggie L., Tour Choir member
For updates while the group is abroad, visit www.bostoncitysingers.org and click on “News”, or visit Boston City Singers’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BostCitySingers, where they will post stories and photos throughout the trip.
From left: Cheryl Jost, Marybeth Curtis Kelly, Sheila Fahey, Ann Kenneally Ryan, and Maryjo Welch rehearse for “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Very Far from the Tree.”
Saying ‘yes’ has made all the difference
By Beverly Beckham JUNE 04, 2015
Apparently I was saying “no” too much. “No, thank you.” “No, not today.” “No, I’m sorry. I can’t.” Which is why my daughter Julie began talking to me about the power of yes.
Saying “yes,” she explained with a se- rious expression and her hand on my shoulder, had led her to people, places, and experiences she might not have had if she had let distance, weather, and an “It’s too late and I’m too tired” mindset keep her in her comfort zone.
Saying “yes,” she said, had broadened her world.
Which is why I said “yes” last Novem- ber when a friend called and asked, “Do you want to be part of a flash mob at the Quincy Christmas Parade?
“No” was all set to cartwheel off my tongue, “No, I have shopping to do.” “No, it’s too cold.” “No, I don’t even like parades.”
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On Friday, May 8, the Boston City Singers Tour Choir and the Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus united for their annual collaboration. This year's program was entitled "A Place For Us"--read more about it here!
On April 11th, the Boston City Singers Tour Choir performed with the Boston Conservatory Women's Chorus, and a review of the performance was featured on the blog "New Music Box." Read the review here!
Members of the Boston City Singers Neighborhood Training Choruses (Dorchester and Jamaica Plain) performed in the opening ceremony of the 19th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace, an initiative dedicated to supporting the families of homicide victims. Read more here!