A huge amount of work is involved to organise the Festival, the majority of which is done by a team of dedicated volunteers. Although supported by ticket sales, a small amount of local funding and a few private donors, it is nonetheless an enormous struggle to cover the costs. Our public funding is unreliable and covers less than 20% of our budget. Although our concerts are often sold out, we cannot cover all our costs through ticket sales alone. To be able to do so, we would have to scrap our free lunchtime concerts and more than triple our ticket prices. We do not want to contemplate that, which is why we hope you will consider becoming a Supporter of Musique Cordiale.
We rely on the generosity of our members, friends and donors to ensure the ongoing success of the Festival and Academy. Members benefit from a number of advantages including ticket discounts whilst Friends have priority booking and are invited to social events throughout the year in France and in the UK, making the joy and entente cordiale of Musique Cordiale last far beyond the 15 days of the festival! You will find all the details about joining below. Any questions please get in touch.
French donors to the association can obtain a Certificat du Don to offset against tax. For our UK donors, we are now supported by The Musique-Cordiale Trust, an independent charity registered in England (no. 1167732), allowing British taxpayers to add Gift Aid (25%) to their contributions as Donors or Friends (in GB pounds), meaning that we receive the donation and reclaim the tax paid on the income that paid for it. The Trust will help us, for example, to award bursaries to young musicians applying to join the Academy, to invite exceptional teachers and conductors to lead the ensembles or to support a particular event during the Festival. Please contact us or go to musique-cordiale.org for info and to support the Trust.
Members, Friends & Donors 2017
|MEMBER INDIVIDUAL (of the French association)++||Annual||£25|
|FRIEND INDIVIDUAL*||Annual||£150||Monthly by direct debit||£13|
|GOLD DONOR*||Annual||Min. donation of £1,150||Monthly||Min. donation of £100|
*Unless you are already a member, your contribution as Friend or donor is split between a payment for membership of the French association (€30/£25 per person) and a donation. ++All membership payments will be automatically transferred to the French association. GiftAid / tax deductibility cannot be claimed on the membership element.
Note: If you set up a recurring direct debit (from your card, PayPal or bank) before 31 December 2016, we will hold the cost of becoming a Friend for you through 2018. Season passes for the 2017 Festival will be available when the box office opens in the Spring.
- 10% online discount on concert tickets (max 4 tickets per member per concert).
- Postal mailing of the MC flyer
- Regular e-newsletter and email updates
- Opportunity to buy recordings of Musique Cordiale concerts
- Opportunity to attend dinners with musicians and singers*
- Invitation to the Annual General Meeting
- Opportunity to be elected to the Council and the ‘Bureau’
Includes membership of the French association++ and all the benefits listed above plus:
- Priority booking (two weeks before general booking opens)
- Recognition in the Festival programme and on the Musique Cordiale website
- Invitation to our annual Fundraising Evening*
- Invitation to our Supporters’ reception post-festival
- Invitations to other events throughout the year in France & in the UK*
*At additional cost
SILVER & GOLD DONORS
Includes membership of the French association and all the Friend benefits listed above plus special recognition in our programme and websites.
Silver and Gold Circle Donors constitute our special group of supporters who help secure the future of the festival by committing to a major donation or regular giving. Donors may choose to make a specific donation, for example to sponsor a particular concert, an Academy tutor or a seat within the orchestra, to cover the hire of a grand piano or to offer a bursary for an Academy student, ensuring that we can invite the most promising young musicians regardless of their financial situation. Specific donations must fit the charitable goals of the Trust or association; we would be delighted to discuss your ideas with you.
(++Gift Aid and tax deductibility do not apply to the membership element of a Donor or Friend subscription)
One of the most expensive parts of the festival is accommodating over 100 musicians in and around Seillans. We are immensely grateful to those supporters who offer to host musicians at no cost and are pleased to be able to offer them festival passes or tickets in recognition of their generosity. If you are interested in offering accommodation for one or both weeks of the 2017 festival, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.