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 at university level 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, graduates of our universities are accepted to continue their studies overseas. In those cases, we aim to fund 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 programmes for young musicians, it is also necessary to nurture support and awareness for the professional body of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. FOM maintains a close relationship with the orchestra and helps raise funds through functions and events, concerts and rehearsals.
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.
We raise our funds through a partnership with Bowmans Law who have offered us their facilities at their head office at 22 Bree Street, Cape Town. The entirely sponsored functions with very generous canapés and wine allows FOM to present three Sunday evening soirees a year to showcase the growing talent that South Africa has to offer. The fourth Sunday evening of the year is a general knowledge quiz with a slight emphasis on music. The general public is more than welcome to attend these events. One of our members, Bill van Rensburg, has generously sponsored the performance fees of our soiree rising stars in 2018. The combined generosity of Bowmans Law and Bill has enabled us to apply the entire ticket sales proceeds of our 2018 soiree series and our quiz to supporting our objectives. We are extremely grateful to them.
Historically, we have also organized a gala concert, in association with the CPO. This event previously raised close on R300,000 per concert, enabling us to further contribute to our selected beneficiaries.
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 to all the CPO concerts provided the entire series of each is purchased each season.
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