Making a Place for Music in Our Lives
The true magic of music is in creating and enjoying it with others. And so it is with the BMC's capital campaign. We are asking the BMC’s circle of friends and admirers to come together to help secure the BMC’s future and build a splendid new center for music in our community. This is a once in a generation opportunity!
The BMC’s campaign focuses on two components vital to the long-term sustainability of the organization. The first goal, to create a $1 million endowment, has been exceeded. Our $1.3 million endowment is already providing steady income that is making more scholarships and expanded program offerings possible.
The second campaign goal is to realize a long-held BMC dream – to have a home of our own! What we aspire to is a space specifically designed for music education and performance that inspires excellence, both educationally and musically. When the BMC moved to Walnut Street in Brattleboro more than 40 years ago, the arrangement was intended to be “temporary.” For decades our faculty and students (currently, aged three to 92) have made the best of an inadequate situation in a three-story building without soundproofing, accessibility and sufficient space.
On July 8, the BMC took a giant leap toward creating a new home by purchasing the former Winston Prouty campus on Guilford Street. The contractor has been hired and construction will begin very soon. Groundbreaking is set for this September.
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Our priority is to transform the existing building into a Music School by June 2017 and also build a new performance-quality Auditorium. From the outset, the BMC has been delivering remarkable results – despite so many limitations. With these new facilities, what we will be able to accomplish goes from the remarkable to the outstanding. The new campus will feature:
- high-quality acoustics and soundproofing throughout - a BMC first!
- full accessibility
- ample classroom and studio spaces for expanded programming and new music offerings, such as percussion
- opportunities to collaborate with arts organizations in the area
- appropriate rehearsal space for our performance groups – the Windham Orchestra, Blanche Moyse Chorale, Brattleboro Concert Choir, Northern Roots Music
The BMC’s new home needs the generous support and wise investment of the whole BMC community. So far, the response from individuals and several foundations has been magnificent. Generous gifts of all sizes have been received, and each one is important and very much appreciated. But we are not “home” yet. An estimated $800,000 is needed still to see the project to completion. In the coming months members of the campaign committee will continue to reach out to the BMC community.