Save Our Symphony is committed to preserving the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as one of the world’s finest. Unfortunately, the current state of the organization is such that it is not able to support the orchestra at that level. The decisions of the last several years demonstrate that DSO leadership puts the institution ahead of the orchestra. This has—and will likely continue to—result in an exodus of musicians leaving the orchestra, with those remaining unsure of their future and the future of the DSO itself. The strike and cancellation of nearly the entire 2010-11 season inspired many DSO fans like you to ask what they could do to ensure the future of the DSO.
We believe that together we can make a difference:
The members of the DSO Board of Directors shape the institution and sustain it through extraordinary donations of both dollars and time. We applaud them for this, and would like to offer them the benefit of a new perspective: that of ordinary audience members. To do this, we need to obtain seats on the Board and among the DSO Governing Members. Individually, most audience members do not have the resources to obtain these seats as they come with a substantial financial commitment. Together, we can accomplish this goal, build our voice, and make a difference.
If you want to have a voice in the future of the DSO, please consider making a contribution to SOS. Any amount that you are able to give is welcome. These dollars will go directly to the DSO, funding positions for SOS members among the Governing Members and Board of Directors. Your contribution not only gives you, through SOS, a voice at the organizational level of the DSO, it also helps DSO, Inc., to rebuild. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, all contributions to Save Our Symphony, Inc are tax-deductible according to law.
SOS will work actively and collaboratively with the DSO leadership to bring about the changes necessary to return the DSO to its former level of artistry and excellence and keep it there for future generations. SOS will hold quarterly meetings where contributors at any level will be welcome to bring their concerns, suggestions and experiences to our notice. SOS members on the DSO Governing Board or the DSO Board will then take your input to the DSO.
This is your opportunity to help ensure the future of one of Detroit’s cultural gems. Through the support of your voice and dollars, SOS will continue its mission: “To promote and support the world-class artistic excellence and stature of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and to hold its management and board of trustees accountable for their fiduciary responsibilities to the public trust including the preservation of this great orchestra and its future.”
Please help SOS bring the voice of the audience to the DSO. Contributions can be made to:
Save Our Symphony
PO Box 2403
Birmingham, Michigan 48012
Donations may also be made with your credit card or PayPal by following this link:
Thank you for your continued support. We hope you will consider a donation to SOS. Remember, your donation will go directly to support the Detroit Symphony Orchestra!