La Scena Musicale Fundraising Campaign 2015–16

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It is with great pride for me to say that La Scena Musicale has completed 20 years of publication. This past year, we featured such musicians and artists as John Rea, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Gino Quilico, Jean-Philippe Duval, Cameron Carpenter, Dina Gilbert, Yann Martel, Rufus Wainwright, and Christopher Plummer. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was distributing the initial 2-page newsletter to my classical music-loving friends. I am humbled to say La Scena Musicale is now the foremost magazine for classical music, jazz and the arts in Canada.

Unfortunately, a few unexpected letdowns occurred at the end of our publishing year. In May, our longtime printing partner announced they were filing for bankruptcy. After much scrambling, we found a new printer for the June/July/August and future issues. This change will nonetheless have a few negative consequences: it will increase our future printing costs, as well as hinder our ability to produce whiter paper copies for our subscribers.

Furthermore, last summer’s austerity measure cuts by the Ministère de la Culture du Québec resulted in a $7,000 advertising cut from the Conseil Québécois de la Musique (CQM), one of our long-time advertising partners. All in all, with weakness in the advertising market, we face a $10,000 deficit in our fiscal year ending July 31st. I am writing to seek your help in balancing La Scena Musicale’s budget for the current year. With your support, I am confident we will start next year, 2016–2017, on the right footing.

 

20th Anniversary Year

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, the team at La Scena Musicale has organized a number of noteworthy projects in the coming year (2016–17).

First, a fundraising concert and gala will be held at the Salle du Gesù in Montreal on the evening of Sunday, November 13th. Based on the theme of “Rising Stars/La Relève,” it will feature four to six talented up-and-coming classical musicians who have distinguished themselves in recent competitions. Details of the complete line-up will come shortly. Tickets are $130 (VIP including reception and $100 tax receipt) and $30 (regular). Fittingly, the gala will coincide with La Scena Musicale’s October issue, also following the theme of “Rising Stars,” shining a light on musicians who have made a mark on the local, national and international music scenes and are bound to shape the classical music of tomorrow.

We are also excited to have launched in June the news portion of our web platform, mySCENA.org to replace our award-winning website SCENA.org, thanks to funding from the Canada Periodical Fund. Throughout the summer, our team of editors and interns will be working hard to add the online calendar, as well as the customized user interface to the new platform. These features will allow our users and subscribers to customize their music and arts news and events.

Finally, we are pleased to continue our Great Art Song Challenge. Articles exploring the greatest art songs of all time, as voted by music lovers and music professionals alike, will continue being published throughout the year in print and online. Moreover, our nation-wide songwriting contest, The Next Great Art Song, is now scheduled for a gala in October 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. This is a great opportunity for composers of all ages to share their original compositions on a national stage. To enter the competition, composers must upload a video of their song to La Scena Musicale’s website; an online vote will determine the 10 finalists, and the public at the gala will vote for the best song.

If La Scena Musicale has been able to consistently honour its mandate of promoting music and the arts for two decades, it is because of loyal readers, subscribers and web users like you. The dedicated team I am proud to lead works tirelessly to provide you high quality content in the most convenient and accessible way possible. If you think La Scena Musicale deserves to continue existing, you can help by either subscribing, buying tickets to our upcoming gala, or making a donation. Any form of support is greatly appreciated and will go far in promoting artists here and abroad.

Wishing you a joyful summer full of music and the arts.

 

 

Wah Keung Chan

Founding Editor and Publisher

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