Why Support the Society
We did it! After a two-year delay, the Musical Fund Society celebrated its Bicentennial in style, on May 1, 2022, at the Perelman Theatre on the Kimmel Cultural Campus. The Network for New Music Ensemble, Curtis Ensemble 20/21, Prism Saxophone Quartet, and the Rolston String Quartet gave exciting performances of MFS-commissioned works by nationally recognized composers Roberto Sierra, Stephen Jaffe, and Augusta Read Thomas. (A premiere by Pulitzer winner Tania Leon is scheduled for a February 2023 performance at the Curtis Institute.)The Bicentennial year also presented a wonderful opportunity for reflection on our history, and renewal of our mission and activities. As most of you know, we began a robust strategic planning process that will, over the next 3-5 years, help strengthen the Society’s core values and guide our work towards a more vibrant and inclusive musical Philadelphia. More than 40 task force members are now working on this visionary plan, with the goals of broadening our membership, investing in Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion, and continuing to champion artists and arts organizations in our region.
The Society also continues to play a major role in the cultural life of Philadelphia through project grants to musical organizations, the MFS concert series at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and by advancing the careers of the next generation of concert artists.
You, as a Musical Fund Society member, have helped to make these accomplishments possible! Please help us continue to support this important work by giving a tax-deductible gift of any amount. Reaching our goal of $15,000 will ensure that the Society continues to play an indispensable role in the musical life and legacy of our region.
Many thanks, and I look forward to seeing you at upcoming MFS events!
President, Musical Fund Society Foundation