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We Love Our Orchestra Musicians!

BFM Distributes $30,000 Raised from Donations and Ticket Refunds to Aid Festival Orchestra Players

When the Bellingham Festival of Music, along with orchestras throughout the country, was forced to cancel its 2020 season due to the Coronavirus, it quickly became apparent that the resulting loss of income would be catastrophic for musicians.

How could we help our orchestra players? They feel like cherished family. And we are enormously grateful to them for their artistry, loyalty and affection.

Beginning the process of refunding patrons’ ticket orders, the answer became clear. We would create a Musicians Fund from donated ticket refunds and additional contributions. Our ticket purchasers and donors came through with great generosity. In short order, we raised $30,000 and have since distributed the funds to our players.

And we are delighted to be hearing back from them.Here are some of their thank-you notes.