YOUTH ORCHESTRAL DEVELOPMENT
Funds from this portfolio go to established educational organisations who provide essential grass roots level music training programmes, including:
- Beau Soleil Music Centre Ifidyoli Project
- Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre Development Programme
- Bursaries for students from the Western Cape to attend the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (SICMF )
- Bursaries for students from the Western Cape to attend the SA National Youth Orchestra Course
- Klaver and Mamre primary school music initiatives
- Development projects of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO)
- Running costs and bursaries for students of the Western Cape to attend the Franschhoek Chamber Music Workshop
This portfolio offers, subject to available funds, support for individuals wishing to pursue their studies in order to become a professional musician or teacher in South Africa. Support can be in the form of fees for lessons, additional classes including theory, application fees for examinations and competitions and transport costs. Occasionally, opportunities are offered overseas for graduates or professional musicians wishing to develop their skills further. In those cases, we may offer assistance towards their return air travel but further support is precluded by the terms of our section 18A approval from SARS.
INSTRUMENT DONATION AND RESTORATION
FOM also collects old musical instruments, and where possible raises funds to restore the instruments to present to needy students and schools. This has included two pianos, four recorders and a number of violins. A piano restoration can amount to anything from R10 000 to R16 000, and a violin from R2 000 to R5 000 depending on condition. We appeal to our members to donate generously towards our piano and violin restoration projects.
CAPE TOWN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
While nurturing the development of young musicians, it is also necessary to offer support to professional orchestras and FOM maintains a close relationship with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. FOM helps raise funds for the CPO by managing the CPO dress rehearsals, co-hosting an annual Benefit gala concert and making sure its members are updated on all of the orchestra’s activities and programmes.
Specifically, the organisations we support through these portfolios, receive annual funding from us to help them continue with the outstanding work they undertake. Each individual organisation contributes and provides educational support for young aspiring students of classical music. We endeavour to support students who are not able to finance their studies through the government funding initiatives.
At the end of 2017, The Friends of Orchestral Music received permission from SARS to present donors with a section 18A income tax certificate provided the donation was given in the interest of furthering education, especially in the case of the previously disadvantaged community. We give donations tax certificates to all donors who have given donations in excess of R99 and who wish their donation to be used for the specific purpose of education.
The Friends of Orchestral Music is managed by a committee of volunteers elected by the members of the Friends at the Annual General Meeting. The committee meets monthly. Members of the committee have individual portfolios so that the workload is reasonably spread.
Fundraising activities include Sunday evening soirees and a quiz night. We are fortunate to have created a partnership with Bowmans Law at their head office at 22 Bree Street, Cape Town. With a venue overlooking the Cape Town skyline from their 11th floor, and sponsored functions with very generous canapés and wine, FOM presents three glamourous Sunday evening soirees a year showcasing some of the finest new generation artists in South Africa. One of our FOM members – Bill van Rensburg has generously sponsored the costs of our artists for 2018 and 2019. The fourth Sunday evening of the year is a fun general knowledge quiz where we pit our wits on all topics with team tables competing for sponsored prizes and hosted by Quiz Master Morne Wessels. The general public is more than welcome to attend these events. The combined generosity of Bowmans Law and Bill, along with our committee members sourcing our quiz prizes, has enabled us to apply the entire ticket sales proceeds of our soiree series and quiz to supporting our objectives. We are extremely grateful to them.
Lastly, we seek donations from individuals, companies, trusts and foundations who are enthused with our objectives and want the FOM to continue with its intended activities. In order to provide the Friends with benefits for their membership contribution we discount tickets to the Bowmans Law soirees, the quiz evening and CPO dress rehearsals. Members can also benefit from an extra 5% discount when booking season tickets to the CPO Symphony Seasons.
Membership is either as an individual or a student. FOM is particularly pleased that it can continue with this work and is also happy to announce it has almost quadrupled the amount of sponsorship received through its activities over the last 5 years – a commendable value-add indeed! Moreover, donations to FOM are not diluted through percentages paid to fundraisers and the entire quantum of any donation thus accrues to the cause for which it is intended.
It is regarding the development of talented musicians from previously disadvantaged communities that FOM is strongly oriented. FOM is a registered Section 18A Public Benefit Organisation: 930055453