Outdoor Orchestra Start Up Fund

Today brought a lucky networking connection: Framedance.org. I hope we have many opportunities together. We are near the $500 mark! PUT US OVER TODAY. We are a community of symphonic music enthusiasts and specialists and we seek to return to music making as soon as possible in Central Houston.


(That hashtag has been added because GofundMe has made it possible for selected campaigns to receive matching funds for the first $500 raised! Jump in so that we may qualify for a chance at that ASAP....)

The general availability of musicians who have other business, marketing, management experience allows that an orchestra owned and operated by its personnel can succeed both artistically and financially.

Why call it Outdoor Orchestra?
-Ventilation. Outdoor venues present opportunities for safe gathering with the smallest modifications. Outdoor venues allow easier access to the public and musicians. Expenses and permissions are a bit less daunting. Outdoor venues present the best, safest way for the public and the musicians to participate in something that restores a missing part of life while exploring new ways to stage and enjoy live orchestral performances.

-Also: amplification and enhancement technologies allow that the players can collaborate across greater distances from one another while  producing concert-hall ambiance sonically.

Who benefits?
-We might ask that of all art: "who benefits?" The answer is intuitive. We all do. But mostly the young . An orchestra "organism" of the first rank would bring all levels of experience together. It can be a hub of networking and growth for the starting student, hobbyist, and seasoned professional to share in the musical, production, merchandising, and managerial
responsibilities each to their level of skill.

It is just possible that a "Holiday Orchestra" can be readied for presentations throughout December. Time is short. A corporation is needed. Filing fees and attorney/clerical expenses seem a reasonable estimation at $1000. Additional miscellaneous costs of organizing, producing a mission statement and business plan, and materials and labor to support promotions are estimated at $1500 to get rolling. A total goal of $2500...and could it be "yesterday"?

There is little talk of effective solutions for our concert hall dilemma. Regional symphony orchestras in Texas have delayed the next season by months and there is  still no certainty that even then they will take place. In short the need is strong to both have this music produced and to find solutions to the obstacles presented by performing exclusively inside theaters. 

This period of time has weighed heavily on so many. Uncertainty reigns. The spells of melancholy sometimes overwhelmed me and functioning at all became difficult these recent months. The prospects are bleak unless action is taken. In short a project is needed and called for. I stand ready to apply the elbow grease and welcome the comradery and support from all others who may find value in this shared adventure.

Steven McMillan


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Steven McMillan 
Houston, TX

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