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2014 Annual Appeal

December 12, 2014

Dear Friend of Music,

Brooks Kerr, the extraordinary jazz pianist who needed help from the Musicians Foundation during a serious health crisis, said it better than we ever could, “It is not what happens to you in life, rather it is the recovery that really counts.” That is why we work so hard.

Because of your love of music, we are sure you will agree that it is imperative to support the people who have so greatly enriched our lives with their music when they are faced with crisis. Help can mean receiving needed care to recover from illness or crime victimization. It can mean assistance in replacing an instrument lost to fire.  It can mean the difference between homelessness and a workable future plan, or between having to walk away from music and weathering a storm to continue one’s art.

Please help us help those who have given us so much joy. This is the perfect time to support the Musicians Foundation. Our Board of Directors has generously pledged to match the first $20,000 raised by the end of the year dollar for dollar. Your gift will have twice the impact.

We are proud of our history as the oldest charity in America supporting musicians — across genres and across the nation. In this, our centennial year, we are making every effort to increase our impact. We would love to hear your ideas about ways in which we might reach an even broader audience — funders, of course, but also musicians who might need our help. Please feel free to contact us with questions and ideas. For more about us or to make an online donation, please see our Donate page, or email B.C. Vermeersch at bc@musiciansfoundation.org or call us at 212.239.9137.

Thank you for your generosity.

P.S. Your donation now will support those who give their artistry so that our world remains full of music and your gift will be matched 100%.

Brett UmlaufThe Musicians Foundation is focused on solving problems. Less than two years after a fire and Hurricane Sandy turned Brett Umlauf’s life upside down, she is making headlines with her cutting-edge opera performances. The Musicians Foundation was proud and pleased to see these rave reviews in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times:

Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/articles/opera-review-here-be-sirens-and-as-one-1410215142
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/08/arts/music/here-be-sirens-a-little-philosophy-included.html?_r=0