The BMC’s Capital Campaign – Making a Place for Music In Our Lives
The BMC is home at last!
Last summer, with towering boxes still unpacked but pianos all properly positioned in their new studios, the BMC proudly threw open its doors and welcomed the first students and faculty to its new Music Center on Blanche Moyse Way. The light-filled spaces, easy accessibility and the sound (or lack of it!) wowed first-time visitors and received rave reviews. With these new facilities, what we will be able to accomplish will go from the remarkable to the astounding
Pardon Our Appearance — We’re Still Fundraising!
Our fundraising so far has been very successful, with an astounding $5,295,157 already contributed to design, acquire and build the new center. We’re very grateful to the 387 generous supporters who helped make the BMC’s splendid music center a reality. The work is not over yet, however.
We continue to raise funds that will allow us to:
- Fully outfit our new home with furnishing and equipment;
- Refurbish the BMC’s collection of pianos and other instruments;
- Create a building endowment that will ensure the future maintenance of the new campus; and,
- Establish an endowment that will provide for the care of our instruments, now and in the future.
We hope you will contribute generously and help us conclude the BMC’s campaign on the highest note possible. An estimated $204,843 is still needed to complete the final phase. Pledges are payable through 2018.
To learn more about how you can help fund our new campus, please call Meg Lyons, Capital Campaign Coordinator, at (802) 257-4523.
And to receive updates about the campaign as well as other BMC news, sign up for Fanfare, our e-newsletter, at www.bmcvt.org
Ensuring a Vibrant Future for Music in Our Community
The BMC’s Capital Campaign at a Glance
Our campaign is built upon four strategic components. Each one is necessary for the success of all the others and each is vital to the long-term sustainability of the organization:
Phase 1 — Create a $1 Million Endowment (Completed 2015)
The BMC’s endowment of $1.3 million is already providing a steady source of income that is making more scholarships and expanded program offerings possible.
Phase 2 — Purchase a New Home for the BMC (Completed 2016)
A long-held dream of the BMC’s has been to have a home of its own designed especially for music education and performance. In July 2016 the BMC took ownership of the former Winston Prouty School in Brattleboro. This purchase for $525,000 was made possible by early generous campaign donations.
Phase 3 — The Transformation (Completed 2017)
Commitments totaling $4.9 million from loyal friends and several foundations made it possible for the BMC to fully fund the renovation of the existing facility for a new Music Education Center (10,500 sq.ft.) and to build a new performance-quality Auditorium (4,400 sq.ft.) in less than ten months ahead of schedule and on budget!
Phase 4 — The Culmination: Goal $600,000 (Ongoing 2017-18)
The final task is to fully equip and furnish both the Education Center and the Auditorium, to refurbish the BMC’s many pianos and instruments, and to fund two special endowments to ensure future maintenance of our new home and our instruments. Almost two-thirds of the $600,000 goal is now in hand.