Striving To Stand Out: Excellence, Access and Community through the Arts
Thank you for Supporting the Striving to Stand Out Fundraising Campaign!
During this season of thanksgiving we are especially grateful to everyone who contributed to our fall fundraising campaign! Together we raised $27,740!
While we fell short of our $35,000 goal, the money raised will give us a good boost toward Standing Out and Striving toward Excellence, Access, and Community through the Arts!
Why are we raising money?
We are Striving to Stand Out: Excellence, Access, and Community through the Arts !
We want our BPA programs to Stand Out! We are raising funds to:
support excellent high-quality educational experiences
provide access so ALL BPA students can participate fully in the program
collaborate with professional performing artists to enrich our programs and create community through the arts!
Help Us Provide Access
Take a look at the yellow section in the pie graph. The BPA Boosters Club is committed to ensuring every student can participate fully in weekend long camps, day field trips to attend festivals or parades, and overnight field trips for competitions or performances in world-renowned venues like Carnegie Hall and Disneyland.
Sadly, the school district does not pay for any of these expenses so the financial burden falls on our families. Thanks to generous BPA supporters, like you, who donated during our direct appeal last fall, we were able to help level the playing field and provide access by giving out nearly $30,000 in scholarships.
This year our programs have already held their fall camps, attended parades, and are gearing up for numerous other festivals, parades, competitions and overnight trips to Portland, Vancouver and Reno in the spring. Your donations to our Striving to Stand Out campaign will ensure that all our BPA students have access to these life-changing experiences!
Help Us Achieve Excellence through Community Engagement
As you can see from last year’s expenses, the largest portion of our budget is allocated to human capital! With a program average student to teacher ratio of ~80:1, our programs would not be the highly-acclaimed and award-winning groups that they are without the support of our community of coaches, accompanists, and industry experts.
The BPA Booster Board is dedicated to supporting our directors’ efforts to bring in experts from the performing arts field to work with our students during full classes, instrument or voice specific sectional groups, as well as before and after school gatherings to support our theatre production, specialty performance jazz and fiddler groups. These professionals not only elevate the quality of our students’ educational experience, but they also provide access to hands-on, customized coaching that students might not have had the opportunity to experience privately, and more importantly…they connect our students and families to the broader performing arts community.
If you’d like to read more about some of these amazing professionals, click here to read their bios.
This direct appeal is our primary fundraiser for the year aiming to raise $35,0000.
If every family donates $115 per student we will meet our goal in no time!
The campaign will run from Oct 16th - Nov 15, 2023.
How can I donate?
Please make your donation below via Credit Card or Check (ACH). If every family donates $115 per student we can meet our goal.
Get a Matching Donation from Your Employer!
Many companies will match donations, some upwards of double the donations or more. Sometimes you have to donate through a special giving portal with your company to get the match. Please contact your employer's HR department to find out if your employer matches donations and if so, how much. If you plan to give this way, please send our treasurer Jill Hansen an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a heads up so she can earmark your donation to the direct giving campaign.
Why Do We Need to Raise Funds When I Just Paid my Fees?
We’re glad you asked!
If your student has been involved in music in Seattle Public schools for a while, you’ve always paid a fee to participate in a program and have likely donated to fundraisers as well.
Fees are not part of the Boosters Budget; they are pass-through funds to cover minimal costs:
The camp fees simply cover costs of any food, transportation, and additional instructors.
Class fees for Jazz and Fiddlers, etc. also help cover some of the costs for the instructors’ time and music for those specific classes.
The $155 program fee music families pay at the beginning of the year covers the bare minimum for basic state-required music curriculum. Think of it like the fees you pay for science or other classes. The annual program helps to pay for uniforms, tee shirts, festival fees, instrument repair, sheet music, transportation for day field trips, and other supplies that support the students and the program.
If bare minimum is where our directors stopped, the program would look completely different than it does. No Jazz Band, no Fiddlers, etc. No Masterworks at the winter concerts, choreographers, playwrights, drum coaches or other help. The Ballard Performing Arts program has always delivered a high-quality, award-winning program that has garnered awards and invitations to perform at prestigious music halls and festivals such as Carnegie Hall and Ellington Jazz Festival.
Thank you for your support!
Ballard Performing Arts Boosters is a 501(C)(3) Organization. All donations are tax deductible.