Sing Out! is al jaren een van mijn favoriete muziekbladen, vooral omdat er
met elk nummer een cd bijgeleverd wordt waar de beste liedjes van dat
kwartaal op te horen zijn. In het blad zelf vind je dan de partituur. Dat
zijn zo de kleine extraatjes waar dit blad in uitblinkt. Daarom wil ik deze
noodkreet ook aan jou voorleggen.
Een abonnement is dan ook zeer aan te bevelen:
A Very Important Message from Pete Seeger About
the Future of Sing Out!
A little over 59 years ago, I help to
co-found a wonderful little magazine called
From the beginning, it's brought music,
community and enrichment to tens of thousands of
readers, sharing information about our best
songs, and honoring the people who make the
music. Hundreds of important songs, old and new,
from many communities and cultures, were first
introduced in the pages of
In fact, a little song I wrote with Lee Hays 60
years ago -- "If I Had a Hammer" -- graced the
cover of its very first issue and gave the
magazine its name.
Over the years,
Sing Out! has grown, changed formats
several times, and added songbooks like
Rise Up Singing
to its catalog. It's createda resource center
collecting music, books and photos, reaching
back through our community of music and its
revival. We even do a weekly radio show that you
might be hearing on a local radio station.
Today, in these changing and challenging
economic times, Sing Out! is struggling to
survive. As we head toward our 60th anniversary
next year, we need your support more than ever.
I ask you to consider making a contribution to
help Sing Out! get through this very difficult
year AND to ensure another 60 years of sharing
songs that we need to learn and sing.
At the bottom of this message, you'll find
information about how you can help ... if each
of us gives even a little, Sing Out! will be
able to survive and grow.
Thank you for whatever you can do!
I don't think I could say it any better than
Pete ... Sing
Out! needs your financial help to survive.
As we look back over the last few years, we've
seen other music magazines that have struggled,
and some that have not been able to stay afloat.
determined to be different, to carry on the best
traditions and services of Sing Out! for years
into the future. But this has to be a
collective and shared effort. Pete's vision and
leadership in past decades needs your support in
the new century!
The leadership at Sing Out! is truly being
proactive. The board and staff have developed a
three-pronged strategy to regain stable
financial ground and ensure organizational
stability in the future.
Decreasing Immediate Overhead Costs. A
strategic partner is willing to trade the
property equity we have accrued over the past 15
years, allowing us to move us into a new space
with dramatically lower operating overhead. This
will instantly provide us with free space for
the next 5 years. This change, in concert with
the other ongoing important programmatic changes
and cost cutting we already have in place, will
increase our cash flow so we can continue our
work. We are actively looking at alternative
ways of sharing the songs, history, news and
commentary, that are so important to Sing Out!'s
Fundraising Campaign. This is your part:
We are reaching out to members, readers, current
and potential supporters throughout our
community who care about the things we care
about. We simply must retire the debt Sing Out!
has been forced to accrue. We know that an
infusion of funds from friends like you will
help us create the all-important stable
financial platform needed, so that we can move
forward into 2010 and beyond.
Celebration of Our 60th Anniversary. As
we look towards the future of Sing Out! we must
look at our past as well. We are planning a
significant fundraising event to coincide with
our 60th anniversary in early 2010. This will
help create an endowment enhancing our ability
to continue our work into the future. We will
announce the details of this exciting event very
As Pete noted, and in order to be able to
navigate through the financial crisis we are
facing, we look to you -- and the rest of our
community -- for help. Simply put, if we are to
survive, we need your help now!
Please click on
the link below to make a tax-deductible
contribution to ensure our survival. We
can't do it without your support!
Yours In Song,
Mark D. Moss
Executive Director / Editor
Toll Free: 888-746-4688 x203
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