The Medicine of Music - Fundraising Campaign 2021
Most of us have experienced a wide range of emotions that have stemmed from the pandemic and the effects it has had on our society. The arts, and in particular music, have brought us great solace in these very difficult times.
The OCM has stepped into the role of providing the Medicine of Music to our audiences during this period of great emotional duress. Music is a strong contributor to mental health and the OCM valiantly continues to contribute towards the well-being of its community.
The OCM played a key role in supporting artists during this public health crisis. We continued to pay our artists whose concerts were cancelled. Moreover, we hired artists to perform a series of virtual concerts on Facebook from April through June, all of which are still accessible for free on our videos page.
Following all public health guidelines, we continue to offer a variety of projects beyond just our regular concert series. For instance, we recorded a video of a children’s concert called Beethoven and the Bully.
This concert not only exposed children to classical music, but also supported children’s mental health by tackling the important subject of bullying and its prevention. This video was shared for free with over 5000 elementary school children.
Additionally, the OCM continues performing concerts outside hospitals and senior care homes, giving residents, patients, and healthcare workers a needed mental reprieve from the struggles of the pandemic.
This season we are aiming to double the number of these performances in order to bring the healing effects of music to those who need it most.
We thank you for your contributions which allow us to pursue these essential activities during the pandemic.
Additionally, the Board of the OCM matched all contributions, up to $10,000. We thus raised over $20,000 which is going directly to those who benefit most from the “medicine of music.’’
Thank you for your support, we sincerely appreciate it!