Letter: Tiverton chorus sings out for water

To the editor:

I am representing the Greater Tiverton Community Chorus (GTCC) and we have decided to dedicate our spring 2014 concert to the support of organizations that work for the improvement and conservation of our greatest natural resource: water.

GTCC is a nonprofit, non-auditioned community chorus of between 60 and 80 members. It was founded in 1980 and has within its mission a dedication to community service. We come from the Ocean State and the Bay State, and everywhere we turn as we live our daily lives we are surrounded by the beauty of water — rivers, estuaries, ponds, lakes, marshes and, of course, the ocean itself.

Our lives are partly governed and colored by the rhythm of the water. So, we are concerned with the health of our bodies of water, and we wish to support those agencies that are working on that issue for the benefit of us all.

To that end, the chorus will present three concerts entitled “Water Music” in April — one in Westport, one in Portsmouth and one in Tiverton. The concert music will all be about water, from classical music to folk and pop music. We would like to donate the proceeds from ticket sales to the agencies we have chosen to support — the Westport River Watershed Alliance and The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island.

We are also selling water bottles to our friends, families and audience members, and the profits from that project will also go to our beneficiaries. We hope to sell 800 tickets at $15 each, for a total of $12,000. We also hope to sell 300 water bottles at $5 each, which represents a $3.50 profit, for an additional $1,050. That’s over $13,000, which would be divided between the two agencies.

We have invited our beneficiaries to use our concert to publicize their own efforts and give them the opportunity to educate the singers and the audience about the issues they work on. They will cooperate with us on the publicity for the concert, letting us use their mailing lists so that we can reach their supporters as well as ours.

In order for us to accomplish our goal, we must find an alternate way to cover our own expenses, which are between $18,000 and $20,000, used for payment of our professional staff, space rentals, fees to instrumentalists, insurance, publicity and other expenses. We are looking for sponsorship in the form of corporate support and grants. Such support will be widely acknowledged in the chorus’ concert programs and publicity materials, verbally at the concerts, as well as by the recipient organizations.

In 2010, we did a very successful fund-raiser to buy/refurbish two grand pianos for Westport High School and Tiverton High School. We raised about $20,000 in that effort. We kept careful records of that experience and would be happy to discuss that fund-raiser, or indeed answer any of your questions.

Please contact us by e-mailing our director, Beth Armstrong, at bestar3@cox.net or writing to us at PO Box 578, Tiverton, RI  02878.

Beth Armstrong

Tiverton

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