Alright, in 25 words (or 140 “tweetable” characters) or less, what is it that we should do to find those patrons eager to help composers compose, performers perform, and interested in preserving the great music of the past?
- Decide what it is you really want to have happen with you and your specific art. Directing, playing, composing, recruiting, teaching…
- Give yourself a test and ask if you really think it is important for people now and for those yet to come.
- When you decide it really is that important, you may surprise yourself your new found mission.
- With confidence in your mission, doors will begin to open to people who want to be a part of your dream
- If you really believe it’s important, don’t hesitate, tell people about it.
- Your enthusiasm whether quiet or loud will carry the strength to move people into motion.
- One small warning, there will be people, believe it or not, who will want to immediately douse your enthusiasm. Don’t let them do it. If your idea has come this far, don’t waste your time on people who want to drag you down.
- It’s interesting how people that have a great attitude and belief end up being with people that share the same thoughts.
- Think big. You have the skills and experience to do something great.
- This is not make-believe blather saying “you can do anything you want”. You can’t. But you can do great things with the skills, experience, talent, and abilities that you already posess. You just need to release them upon the waiting world and “ask and you shall receive”.
- Don’t wait to get started. What idea do you have to further the arts in your community?
* A scholarship program for organ/piano students
*A school for vocal training with results that will manifest themselves in 6 years.
*A new addition to or refurbishment of the church organ
*A new set of bells for your music program
*A new grand piano for the sanctuary
*A performing arts series for your entire community
*An intergenerational choir that builds itself
*An AGO chapter with 80 strong contributing members
Take that little seed, that idea has been smoldering for years, that plan that would provide so much worth for your community, and let it explode. Then ask a patron or four to help you get there, to realize that dream, to keep music alive in our churches, schools, and concert halls today and in the future.
The members of the Music Ministry of our small mission church, St. Bede Episcopal in Forest Grove, Oregon have a vision and goal of not only providing excellence in our worship music today but building on and creating an outstanding music ministry for the future.
With that in mind, we’d like to ask for your patronage – a gift large or small to our upcoming Hymn-a-thon Music Ministry fundraising event on June 7th. To be a patron of the worship arts at St. Bede Episcopal Church, and help us reach our goal of $4,000, please click here to visit our gofundme site. All contributions will be matched by an anonymous patron.
We thank you for your support, encouragement, and generosity.
Dr. Jeannine Jordan enjoys a career as a church musician and concert organist. She and her husband, David Jordan, media artist, created and perform two inspiring organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea throughout the US and in Europe.