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- November 25, 2015 at 11:26 am #479335
Lucy Hudson StembridgeParticipantThese replies reflect my experience as well. Adrian Horn’s summary, I believe, is accurate.Another fund source I like to use is allowing members/friends/family to donate a line of text in honor of a friend or family member. (Generally, it is a linethat the singers will be singing anyway, or you may wish to do a whole song/piece, if the request is significant.). I particularly like donating in honor of a child, as this is something for their scrapbook/ memory for years.Example: “Dona nobis pacem” (already in your program – next line, change font/ indent slightly)“in loving memory of Kevin Smith, father of Sue Smith”Or…“She walks in beauty, like the night..”in honor of Evelyn Jones, by her husband Joe JonesIt is a nice way of making your texts more warm and personal. It is also a fundraiser with very little outlay of funds. You just have to communicate and proofread carefully.Bles-Sings,-LucyNovember 26, 2015 at 6:35 am #479371
Simon LovelessParticipantI’m in Australia, so apply your favourite currency converter to all the figures below. (Au$1 is currently equivalent to about US 72c)(It’s also worth bearing in mind that average wages are higher in Australia than the USA)I currently direct three choirs.Choir 1 (auditioned chamber choir, outer suburbs of a major metropolitan area): $300 per year, $270 concession (student/unwaged). Option to pay half-yearlyChoir 2 (unauditioned womens community choir, same community as Choir 1) $25 per month payable 11 months of the year (ie $270 per year), plus joining fee for new members and some other ancillary fees. “Social members” (generally former choristers who aren’t currently able to sing with us, but wish to continue receiving communications and attend social events) pay $5 per month.Choir 3 (auditioned community choir, medium-sized regional town): $210 per year, $170 concession. Option for trimesterly payments.All three choirs pay their musical director on a per call basis, and all except choir 1 also pay a regular accompanist.The first two choirs receive some funding from the local government authority.None of the choirs are able to cover their entire annual budget from fees alone.A while back I combed through the Guide To the Choirs of Melbourne website and compiled all the different fees charged by choirs in our metropolitan area. They vary wildly, from a number of choirs who charge no fees, to others who charge up to $600 per year, and spread fairly evenly between those extremes.Some charge a weekly/per rehearsal fee (and they are the choirs whose annual cost creeps up towards $600 – it doesn’t look so off-putting when it’s phrased as “$15 per week”)Some charge fees on a monthly, quarterly or semesterly basisSome charge an upfront annual fee for the year, and generally speaking the choirs in that category are in the lower half of the spectrum (the highest upfront annual fee I remember seeing in my survey was $400)Most offered concession rates, some had discounts for paying a full year instead of paying instalments, some had various ancillary fees in addition.There was too much variation in practices to describe any situation as the norm.The determining factors are:– your recurrent costs– the reliability of other income sources (external funding, subscriptions, etc)– how much your members are willing to pay, which will be impacted by– how much your “competitors” chargeNovember 27, 2015 at 12:12 pm #479408
Carolyn EynonParticipantHello MarieMy adult volunteer auditioned choir of 25 pay $100 dues for the year. After research in Phoenix, I found this the average yearly dues. These dues buy their music for the 9 month season (we do not rehearse after May – Aug)and help sustain our rehearsal venue rental. They buy their own performance attire to keep, as well as provide their own folders. We sing 6 concerts a year, and a member signs a letter of committment for the year. We ask each member to sell concert tix if they are able, but our tix do not sustain our expenditures. We perform in churches, retirement homes,, sporting activities, in school concerts, and sometimes professionally , like last year as Susan Boyle’s concert back up choir. We are in our 9 th year and next year, celebrate our 10 th anniversary. Our mission is performing North American choral music and featuring a new commission annually by a young unknown composer from North America.Our budget is small and the non profit is run by a volunteer singer Board of Directors.Good luck, Carolyn Eynon SingersNovember 30, 2015 at 8:32 am #479500
Lori MavesParticipantI find this thread fascinating. We pay to sing! Which causes me to wonder….. do bands and orchestras charge dues to their players?November 30, 2015 at 11:08 am #479518
Scott LounsburyParticipantThe community chorus I direct has about 60 +/- members, and the dues are $50 per semester. The music comes out of that (and more than covers it), but with ad sales, donations, ticket sales, and dues, the annual budget runs about $13 – 16K per year. I am paid and an accompanist is paid.-ScottNovember 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm #479530
Marie Grass AmentaModeratorIf instrumentalists play in a community band or orchestra, then yes, they do pay dues. I know several community orchestras who all pay dues and community bands (it’s been my experience community bands are often connected with a park district and they have a participation fee) often do as well. Professional choruses do not pay dues (unless it’s a uniform fee or music replacement fee) just as professional wind ensembles and orchestras do not pay dues.I started this thread because there has been some question in our community about what other community choruses, in other communities do. And often symphonies (usually not in major metropolitan areas) may or may not have a professional chorus but a highly auditioned community chorus. We were wondering about dues for those kinds of groups as well.Thank you to all who have commented here….keep those responses coming!November 30, 2015 at 5:52 pm #479547
Simon LovelessParticipantTo specifically answer your question about the symphonic chorus. Until about 10 years ago, the local symphony orchestra contracted various local choirs for their performances, and they had their own arrangements (most charged dues). Since then, the orchestra has taken over ownership of the main symphonic chorus (now rebranded as the MSO Chorus), and they no longer charge dues.December 5, 2015 at 4:34 pm #479855
Brandon HollihanParticipantI direct a community choir in Columbus, OH and our dues are $20 per session, I believe (we do three concerts a year). They’re free for recent HS and college students/grads given we rehearse at a local high school!
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