DaPonte Emergency COVID-19 Fund
We are asking our fans and supporters to fill an urgent need to help us weather this health crisis by making a special donation to the Friends of DaPonte String Quartet.
For almost 30 years, the The Friends of DaPonte String Quartet has existed for one purpose: to make it possible for the world-class chamber music group, The DaPonte String Quartet, to live and perform in Maine and deliver outstanding performing arts and education programs for the enjoyment and enrichment of our community and the world.
We accomplish this by paying the DSQ musicians a salary. A large part of our artists' salaries are paid for by program revenue - concert tickets and workshop fees. The rest is mostly covered by contributions from individual donors, grants, and local businesses. People who believe that making world-class music available to our whole community is a good thing for all of us. People who believe in the power of music.
We now are facing the prospect of cancelling a substantial part of the 2020 concert and workshop season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These cancellations are just the proximal cause of a cascade of circumstances which will occur to us over the coming months - interference with having fundraising events, our inability to rehearse, and the depleted finances of our business supporters. If we are able to raise our current goal $95,000, this will sustain us for the next four months. Our artists live here in our community, and their livelihood is dependent on the salary FDSQ pays them. The DSQ artists' other principal means of income, private music lessons, community orchestras, and university teaching are also affected substantially by this public health crisis.
We will only be able to make it through this crisis with the ongoing financial support of our community. Please help us sustain the DSQ with a generous donation.
P.S. If you prefer to mail a check, please write "COVID-19 Fund" on it. It will be reflected in our fundraising progress bar on this page. Mail to: Friends of DaPonte String Quartet, P.O. Box 401, Damariscotta, ME 04543.