Thanks to over 350 individual donors, we are thrilled to announce that the Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS) met the Matching Challenge to raise $20,000 by October 31!
The challenge, announced in late July, stemmed from gifts from two anonymous donors in the name of a longtime member, volunteer, and supporter who is no longer with us. The donors challenged PFS to raise funds to be matched 1:1, up to $20,000, by the Halloween deadline.
Funds raised will support the Philadelphia Folk School and PFS education programs. This work is at the heart of what we do, ensuring that musical traditions are honored, celebrated, and carried forward. Contributions to PFS go toward all of the essential expenses of running a new school and venue, including paying talented teaching artists; purchasing instruments and equipment for students to gain hands on experience; insurance costs; and practical necessities, like keeping the lights and the heat on.
These donors hope that their gift will encourage others to invest in the folk community beyond this challenge. Even as the arts are being cut from schools, music plays an important role in the positive development of young minds and strong, connected communities. PFS is dedicated to fostering future generations of music-makers and engaged citizens who will use the skills they gain to change the world.
“I didn’t have music in my school growing up,” shared one of the Challenge donors. “I was lucky to be surrounded by [the Folk Fest community], to be exposed to music and art, and now we want to pay that forward and make sure other kids get that, too.”
PFS is grateful for the essential support of all contributors, but the work has only just begun: over the next five years, PFS will continue to grow programs and impact through the new venue and Folk School, and we need your help to preserve the past, promote the present, and secure the future of folk music. Consider an additional tax deductible donation today!
ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA FOLK SCHOOL
The Philadelphia Folk School believes that folk music is for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
The Philadelphia Folk School believes that everyone deserves music, confidence, and community.
The Philadelphia Folk School seeks to enhance Philadelphia and the surrounding areas by encouraging participation in traditional folk music and educating the public of its history through classes, workshops, and exhibitions, creating community connection, and fostering cross-cultural understanding.
The Philadelphia Folk School completed its pilot session Summer 2018, and began new rounds of classes for folkies of all ages in the Fall. Class offerings have expanded, now including additional Children’s Music Classes; Youth Instrument Group Classes in drums and ukulele; Adult Instrument Group Classes in harmonica, hand drums, ukulele, and guitar; Voice Classes for Adults; and a professional development workshop series on stage presence.