Due to the BC Goverment's slashing of funding for arts organizations, the Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Choir (out and singing to you for 20 years!) is looking at a big funding shortfall. We are doing a lot of fundraising this year, and a small part of that is asking for donations. We're a registered non-profit, so your donation is fully tax-deductible. Here's the link to donate. No amount is too teeny.
We get about half our yearly budget from membership dues. Most of the members pay $250 a year, but that doesn't bring in enough to operate -- especially since we offer dues subsidies for people who want to sing but simply cannot afford it. The bulk of our expenses include paying our director and accompanist, buying music, and paying rental to the groovy lefty church where we rehearse, so the money we spend goes directly back into the community.
In addition to monthly expenses, we are hoping to be able to attend the Unison queer choir festival in Winnipeg this year. We have been fundraising for that trip for several years, but the funding shortfall has drained that bank acccount. We're hoping to build it back up.
If you live in BC, please write your MLA to complain about decimation of arts funding. So many worthy organizations are hurting right now. The best long-term remedy for the entire BC arts community is for the government to resume its support of the arts. Let your representative know that this matters to you, too. (MLA addresses here)
The Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Choir is determined to survive the current crisis, and to keep singing for and about our wonderful, diverse community. With your help we can continue to thrive and grow, both musically and as an organization.
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