Important news, events, press and media entries relating to Musicians Foundation can all be found below.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott have released a new single, an arrangement of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” on Sony Classical to benefit Musicians Foundation. You can purchase or stream it here: https://yoyoma.lnk.to/youllneverwalkalone. A copy of the press release is below:

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“Through These Times,” a song by Con Fullam, was written to bring attention to the current, difficult situation for professional musicians. Following closures of all venues and recording studios due to COVID-19, musicians lost all their work and many had no safety net. Musicians Foundation established its CV19 Emergency Relief Aid Grant Program to provide fast, direct financial assistance to professional performers, educators, and composers. Since mid-March 2020, the Foundation has sent nearly 1,500 grants to musicians across all genres throughout the United States. To make a contribution after hearing “Through These Times,” please visit https://www.musiciansfoundation.org/through-these-times/ and follow the donation instructions at the bottom of the page.

I wrote this song because I have many close friends and fellow musicians who are suffering financially from this pandemic and, like all of the artists who donated their talents to this project, I hope to encourage folks to make a contribution to keep the music alive. Anything you can give is immensely appreciated. With gratitude, Con Fullam

 

Spencer Myer has joined the Musicians Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Myer was previously a member of the Foundation’s Advisory Council. His artistic contributions to the music community and commitment to helping performers, educators, and composers in times of need make him an ideal addition the the Board.

Spencer Myer is an internationally renowned concert pianist who is a frequent guest artist with numerous orchestras, recital and chamber music series, and music festivals throughout the world. He has collaborated with dozens of celebrated artists, and currently serves on the Piano and Collaborative Piano faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

PARMA Recordings will be hosting a live-streaming performance by Altius Quartet to benefit the group and Musicians Foundation.
Tune in on July 30, 2020 at 7:00PM EST!

More information can be found here: https://www.parmarecordings.com/event/altius-quartet-07-30-20/

This Juneteenth and always, we stand with Black performers, educators, and composers working in all musical genres. To us, music is a sacred, artistic, and uniquely human expression, and the discrimination arising from systematic racism serves only to limit and oppress that expressive ability. The tremendous impact of Black musicians is an undeniable feat and a testament to their artistry and strength. Musicians Foundation has been assisting musicians and their families in need since 1914. As we continue to expand our presence, services, and mission during these challenging times, we welcome feedback as to how we can better reach musicians in all of our communities of color.

Headphone company Status Audio recently pledged 10% of its sales in the coming weeks to be donated to Musicians Foundation’s CV19 Emergency Relief Aid Grant Program, which gives professional musicians modest, one-time grants to help offset work cancellations, postponements, and closures during this difficult time. View Status Audio’s pledge HERE.

**This event has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We hope to reschedule for later in the year.

Purchase Tickets Here for Musicians Foundation’s 2020 Event, “It’s An Encore Spring Celebration!”

featuring IVORY&GOLD
at the Yamaha Artist Service Piano Salon on Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 6-9PM.


Use the PayPal links below to buy one ($150) or two ($250) tickets for the April 2nd event.



Hans Eric Tausig was born on August 23rd, 1931 in Frankfurt, Germany. The only child of Victor Erich & Bertha Ahrenholtz Tausig, he survived the Anschluss in Vienna, the Kindertransport to Holland and fled occupied Europe with his parents to find refuge in the United States. They settled in Peoria, Illinois where Hans graduated high school in 1949. He moved to New York City and initially attended NYU, then ended up volunteering for the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He served in the Army from 1951-1954. His tour of duty included “Operation Castle” at Bikini Atoll. Following the Army, Hans returned to the East Coast to work in the chartering department of American Union Transport in New York City.

Ultimately hired by Philip Brothers/Engelhard to run Metal Transport, their international shipping conglomerate, Hans remained there for 30 years. When he left Engelhard, he formed his own shipping company: Nantucket Navigation. In his business and personal life, Hans always placed great emphasis on honesty and ethics.

After retirement, Hans worked for 2 years as the General Manager of New York Grand Opera.  He then went back to school, earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Adelphi University and a Masters in English Literature from NYU.

Music played a strong role in Hans’ life. An accomplished violin & viola player, he joined several orchestras; including a memorable tour of Hungary and Romania which were still behind the Iron Curtain.  Hans’ major interest was chamber music, which he played privately and publicly for the majority of his life. A season ticket holder at the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, Hans delighted in attending operas at the great music halls around the world.

He was President of the Musicians Foundation in New York for over 20 years. Additionally, he was President and part-time auctioneer of the Violin Society of America, founding Board Member and President of The Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, member of the Bohemians, and member of the Grolier Club.

With his wife Eva-Maria, he founded and served on the Board of the Nantucket Community Music Center. He was a life member of the Nantucket Historical Association, the Maria Mitchel Association, and the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum. His memberships in the Artists’ Association of Nantucket, the Nantucket Athenaeum, and the Nantucket Yacht Club brought him great joy. He served on the Board of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation for many years and held an advisory position at the time of his death.

 

Donations to Musicians Foundation may be made in honor of Mr. Tausig.