THE MEDICINE OF MUSIC – FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

Most of us have experienced a wide range of emotions that have stemmed from the pandemic and the effects it has had on our society. The arts, and in particular music, have brought us great solace in these very difficult times.

The Orchestre classique de Montréal has stepped into the role of providing the Medicine of Music to our audiences during this period of great emotional duress. We know that music is a strong contributor to mental health and the OCM valiantly continues to contribute towards the well-being of its community during this period.

Prior to the start of our 81st season, the OCM played a key role in supporting artists during this public health crisis. In the spring and summer of 2020, the OCM continued to pay our artists whose concerts were cancelled during the pandemic. Moreover, we hired artists to perform a series of virtual concerts on Facebook from April through June, all of which are still accessible for free.

Following all public health guidelines, the OCM is continuing to offer its Medicine of Music efforts through a variety of projects beyond just its regular concert series. For instance, we are working on a video recording of a performance of a children’s concert called Beethoven and the Bully. This concert not only exposes children to classical music, but also supports children’s mental health by tackling the important subject of bullying and how to prevent it. This bilingual video performance will be shared for free with Montreal area elementary schools.

Additionally, the OCM spent the summer of 2020 performing concerts outside hospitals and senior care homes, giving residents, patients, and healthcare workers a needed mental reprieve from the struggles of the pandemic. This coming spring and summer, we want to double the number of these performances in order to bring healing effects of music to those who need it most.

It would mean a lot if you could consider a contribution to allow the OCM to pursue these essential activities during the pandemic. The revenue from our online concerts and government subsidies does not come close to covering the costs of introducing a young person to classical music or bringing comfort to those in the senior care facilities.

Additionally, the Board of the OCM will be matching all contributions, up to $10,000. This means that at least $20,000 will go directly towards those who would benefit most from the “medicine of music.’’

Donors who donate a minimum of $25 will become a member of the OCM Donor Community.

We hope we can count on your support for these Medicine of Music initiatives that have become all the more crucial during the pandemic.