Musicians’ Relief Fund
You Can Help — Support Our Madison Symphony Musicians!
The global pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of MSO concerts as we have known them. Madison Symphony Orchestra Inc. recognizes that the 91 members of the orchestra are a core cultural asset of the greater Madison community. We are committed to supporting our artists through these challenging times and have compensated the orchestra for all of the canceled rehearsals and performances since April of this year.
The Musicians’ Relief Fund — add your contribution to the $184,000 already guaranteed by our MSO Board!
Our Board of Directors has established a Musicians’ Relief Fund by committing $184,000 to cover the orchestra’s compensation for the canceled September and October 2020 subscription concerts. We are seeking your support to help us raise another $171,000 to assure the orchestra’s compensation for the canceled November and December subscription concerts, by November 5, 2020. An Anonymous Donor has launched the appeal with a $50,000 lead gift.
We know you cherish the musicians of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Please consider a contribution to the Musicians’ Relief Fund! Our artists appreciate the support beyond measure — see notes of gratitude below.
Additional Ways To Give
Mail Your Gift
Make your check payable to:
Madison Symphony Orchestra
Attn: Manager of Individual Giving
222 W. Washington Ave., Suite 460
Madison, WI 53703
Make a Gift of Stock
The MSO is able to accept gifts of stock. Click here for detailed instructions on how to make a gift of stock to the Symphony.
Donor Advised Fund
To recommend a gift through your Donor-Advised Fund held by Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund, click here.
If your Donor-Advised Fund is held by a different financial institution, such as the Madison Community Foundation, contact them directly to recommend your gift.
Please note, contributions made from a donor-advised fund are not eligible to receive any benefits that would otherwise reduce the tax-deductibility of your gift. For more information about these restrictions, please contact your financial adviser or the MSO Development Office.
Individuals who are 70 ½ or older can make tax free gifts of up to $100,000 each year to the MSO directly from their Individual Retirement Accounts. Consult your financial advisor for more information.
Please note, contributions made as Qualified Charitable Distributions from an IRA are not eligible to receive any benefits that would otherwise reduce the tax-deductibility of your gift. For more information about these restrictions, please contact your financial adviser or the MSO Development Office.
All contributions to the MSO Musicians’ Relief Fund are tax-deductible and will be used for musician compensation.
Read the press release for more information about this important initiative.
Musicians of the Madison Symphony express their gratitude:
“The generosity of the Symphony has left me at a loss for words and moved me to tears. I truly can’t properly convey my gratitude for all that the MSO administration and staff have done to make this frightening and difficult time a little easier for the musicians. The actual income is *greatly* appreciated and will be incredibly helpful to many; but, the demonstration that the MSO is an organization that takes care of each other is worth even more. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your efforts on our behalf.”
“This is such unexpected, and welcome, news! Please express my thanks and appreciation to the entire MSO organization for their care, professionalism, and effectiveness during these difficult times (and, of course, during “normal” times as well). It means more than you can imagine to all of us that we belong to an organization that values every member from top to bottom.”
“This actually made me cry, last night when we got the good news, and just now re-reading it, to make sure I wasn’t dreaming! THANK YOU, to you and all the MSO management and board who continue to support MSO musicians during these strange and challenging times!”
“As someone who makes a living totally from teaching and playing, this has been an incredibly difficult time. I lost half of my students, because they do not want to study online, and of course, all gigs were cancelled. I am truly grateful to you for making this possible. You have no idea how much this will help not only financially, but mentally as well. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!”
“I am very grateful that our organization values the health of its musicians and patrons yet also understands the financial difficulty imposed on musicians by being unable to work due to the pandemic. The MSO is a gem of an organization, and if you haven’t heard it enough lately, please let me reiterate my gratitude.”