Symphony in the Community
Symphony in the Community is a matching funds program of the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur
Purpose: Encourage appreciation of fine music by making performances of instrumental and symphonic music more widely available in the community.
How “Symphony in the Community” works:
- The Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur (SOGD) will pay half the cost of hiring Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) instrumentalists for approved performances. Performing groups may vary in size – from soloists, duets or trios to a chamber orchestra.
- Matching funds can be available to a wide range of groups within the community, such as churches and religious organizations, schools and school-related groups, community organizations, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and others.
- The MDSO orchestra conductor will be available to assist potential host groups in identifying players that may fit their interest – i.e., strings, brass, wind instruments, piano, etc. – and can provide contact information for musicians.
- The host organization is responsible for contracting musicians and making application to SOGD for matching funds.
- Host organization is responsible for notifying SOGD of performance dates for approved concerts and for documenting the contracted price agreed upon with musicians. The guild will reimburse host organization for its share of musicians’ fees upon completion of the performance and upon receiving invoice from host.
- An organization can receive matching funds on more than one occasion, so long as the matching amount does not exceed $3,000 per organization in any fiscal year (July-June).
Performances that cannot be funded include:
- Fundraising events or benefit concerts.
- Ticketed events, although a free-will offering may be collected to help defray the host organization’s portion of the cost.
- Musicians hired to play as background music, such as for receptions or other social events, or hired primarily to accompany vocalists/choral groups.
High priority is given to:
- Programs or events that are open to the public
- Requests from non-profit groups or organizations
- Requests from groups or organizations that have not previously received matching funds under this program
- Programs or events to be held within Macon County
For names of musicians for a potential program, contact MDSO Music Director and Conductor Dr. Sergey Bogza, firstname.lastname@example.org or (217) 424-3774.
For more information about “Symphony in the Community,” contact Linda Arends, (217) 428-6985.
For an application form, click here.
- Contact Dr. Sergey Bogza to discuss your musical preferences, and ask him to put you in touch with potential players that fit your interest.ontact musicians and make arrangements for your performance event. Please allow ample time for scheduling, as musicians often book many months in advance.
- Complete a “Symphony in the Community” application form, available here. Submit completed application via U.S. mail to: Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur, Attn: Linda Arends, P.O. Box 1541, Decatur, IL 62525
- The Symphony Guild will review your application and respond within three (3) weeks of receipt.
- Upon approval of your application, proceed with the planned performance event. Printed programs and/or announcements at the event should include the following statement: Funding for this performance was provided in part by the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur.
- After your scheduled performance, submit an invoice with documentation of the total amount actually paid to musicians. Mail invoice to Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur, Attn: Symphony in the Community, P.O. Box 1541, Decatur, IL 62525