Category Archives: fundraising

AllClassical Fundraising Update

According to the website, our favorite local radio station has met its fiscal year end goal! $196,044 was raised to officially balance the budget and close the books on 2015-2016. Thanks to everyone who gave!

No word yet on the Oregon Symphony’s year-end effort. I’ll update when I have news.

Help allclassical and the oregon symphony close their budget gaps today!

It’s the end of the fiscal year for many arts and arts-related organizations as of midnight tonight, and two of my very favorite ones have some budget shortfalls to make up to end up with nice, tidy balance sheets going into the new fiscal year.

AllClassical FM (89.9 on the radio dial, and everywhere else) has just about $19,000 to raise by midnight tonight. I decided to take my previous year’s giving as a sustaining member and match it with a one-time payment. It’s the least I can do for such a vital organization to the arts community in Oregon and SW Washington (and the rest of the world, for that matter). I’m proud to be a board member at AllClassical, and I urge you to do what you can to help them end the year in the black! Give by clicking here.

The Oregon Symphony is also an organization that I hold dear (and not just because they pay my salary!), and they have a special giving incentive going on until midnight tonight – five board members have agreed to come together and match all donations that come in up until midnight tonight – doubling your donation! That is a gutsy move on the part of these valuable members of our team, and I urge you to help us close our funding gap as well. It is a smart investment in the cultural life of the City of Portland. Give by clicking here.

Thank you for your consideration and support. It really means the world to us!

AllClassical Portland’s fall membership drive


I’m proud to be a board member of Portland’s only classical radio station, KQAC 89.9 FM. It’s fall membership drive time, and I’d regard it as a personal favor to me if you’d consider donating for the first time if you haven’t given previously, upping your gift renewal this year, or becoming a sustaining member of Allclassical.

Allclassical’s raison d’être is Building Cultural Community, and it is remarkable what a vital resource they are for both classical music lovers and the entire spectrum of classical music performers, from community orchestras to the Oregon Symphony.

  • New Program Director and on-air host Suzanne Nance is bringing a new A game to an already world-class announcing staff.
  • Thursdays @ Three, the live in-studio performance hour hosted by Robert McBride, is giving locally and nationally known performers a place to showcase their talents for listeners around the world, and giving studio audience members a chance to meet great artists up close and personal.
  • On Deck, produced and hosted by Christa Wessel, is giving remarkable young musicians a showcase, providing musical inspiration to young and old alike.
  • The Score, the nationally syndicated film music program hosted by Edmund Stone, profiles and interviews some of the top film composers of today, and gives insight into the great master film scorers of the bygone era.
  • For the first time, Allclassical and the Oregon Symphony teamed up to provide a live broadcast of the orchestra’s annual Waterfront Concert, enabling the entire region to join the tens of thousands of audience members at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
  • These are only a few of the reasons Allclassical is such a valuable cultural resource for Portland and SW Washington.

I’d say these initiatives and more are worth supporting, don’t you agree? I hope you’ll join me in supporting this incredible organization as they seek funding for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Click here to donate!

third angle goes to nyc

Third Angle String Quartet | Photo: Sarah Tiedemann

Third Angle String Quartet | Photo: Sarah Tiedemann

We’re packing our bags and hitting the road for our NYC debut at the Bang on a Can Marathon! And we’re also halfway to our goal of raising $25,000 by June 30th to support our journey. Please give today to be a part of this groundbreaking moment in our 30-year legacy!

make a difference – support this young violist


Maia Hoffman – Photo: Joe Cantrell

Last night I had the great privilege of hearing 17 year old violist Maia Hoffman play an extraordinary viola recital. It wasn’t an extraordinary student recital. It was an extraordinary recital by ANY musician. Clearly, Maia is destined for great things. She has a maturity to go along with her obvious technical and musical abilities, and that is the sign of a truly special musician. My mind boggles at the possibilities that lay at her feet going forward. Two of those opportunities are here, right now, for her. She’s been invited to attend the Viola Institute at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the incredibly competitive Heifetz Institute in Virginia. Her family is in a tough financial bind right now, due to health concerns, and Maia is crowd funding the money needed to get to and pay tuition for these two incredible musical experiences.

So, if you’re feeling like you want to make a difference, and actually SEE the difference happen in the life of a truly talented and deserving young musician, I urge you in the strongest possible terms to give what you can to the remarkable Maia Hoffman.

You can do so by clicking on this link.

Thanks for your time.

oregon symphony balances budget for fourth consecutive season!

We won’t know the numbers until an official audit is done, but the Oregon Symphony has declared that they have balanced the 2012-2013 budget – the fourth season in the black for the organization. This is tremendous news, as it means that we will keep our $1 million grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust Miller Foundation, which will be crucial in the continued viability of the orchestra. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed their hard-earned money to the orchestra!

buy superb coffee, support a worthy cause


My buddy Justin Kagan (aka Badbeard) is one of the top roasters of micro-batch coffee in the Northwest (and a kick-ass cellist, and all-around awesome dude), and he has come out with three excellent coffees that will send $4 of the purchase price of each pound of coffee to the Oregon Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation. June is Scleroderma Awareness Month, and this is an excellent way to help fund research into finding a cure for this chronic disease of the connective tissue.


The coffees are Bella Voce (breakfast blend), Mezza Voce (decaf blend), and Prima Voce (espresso blend). If you have not tried Justin’s exquisite coffee offerings before, this is an ideal time to try them out for yourself and help a worthy cause at the same time!