Winnipeg Symphony Christmas Concert Fundraising
Once again I find myself preparing for a concert with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, and will be the 13th concert I’ve done with the WSO. When we did the first, it never occurred to me there would even be a second—I simply assumed it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
It seems that the combination of my particular brand of devotional music in a symphonic setting has caught the imagination of both secular and faith-based cultural supporters in a way that has proved to be nourishing to our community. These concerts offer a sacred encounter for many who might not otherwise seek out such an experience.
I need help from the wider community to put on an event of this magnitude. The costs, you can imagine, are exorbitant. Without your help in undergirding the base expenses, a sell-out event would essentially allow us to break even. Sponsorship allows us to produce this significant cultural event with a measure of confidence we could not do otherwise. Whatever profits may come from the concert go towards the brick-and-mortar aspect of my work, which allows me to keep offering the kind of music I’m hoping you feel is worthy of your support.
This year’s concert will once again feature as special guest the inimitable English poet Malcolm Guite, as well as the usual band of merry men I’ve performed with in past concerts: Mike Janzen (piano), Gilles Fornier (bass) and Daniel Roy (drums).
Please consider partnering with me to make this year’s concert a success and provide future support for my work and ministry. As a supporter you will receive prime tickets to the event, special recognition in the program, a partial tax receipt, and will be invited to a private reception with Steve and Malcolm after the event. Our Marquee Sponsors will have an opportunity to include their company logo on posters and other advertising.
Thank you. It’s an honour to do this work. I do it, as best I can, in response to the call of God on my life, and in service of the wider community that God so loves.
See below for Sponsorship opportunities, and if interested, call Faye or Amy at our office for details: 204-774-3715 or 1-800-854-3499.
Steve Bell/WSO Sponsorship Opportunities – Dec. 12, 2017
Diamond Lead Sponsor – $7,500 (up to 25 tickets)
Malcolm Guite Sponsor – $5,000 (up to 20 tickets)
Rei Hotoda Podium Sponsor – $5,000 (up to 20 tickets)
Event Presentation Sponsorships:
Platinum Partnership Sponsor – $4000 (up to 16 tickets)
Gold Partnership Sponsor / Level 1 – $3000 (up to 12 tickets)
Silver Partnership Sponsor / Level 2 – $1500 (up to 6 tickets)
Bronze Partnership Sponsor / Level 3 – $1000 (up to 4 tickets)
- If supporting partners wish to receive a tax receipt, their donations may be made through IncarNATION Ministries (the not-for-profit partner of Signpost Music). IncarNATION Ministries is a registered Canadian charity (No. 88728 3208 RR0001). Tax receipt values are mandated by the CRA to be commensurate with the advantage of the donation received over the ticket package provided. (Example – $5000 donation = ticket package valued at $1680 plus a $3420 tax receipt)
- Donors confirmed before Sept 30th, 2017 may choose to be represented in all Signpost generated advertising materials by having their logo appear on print and web materials promoting this concert event.
- Our donors will be gratefully acknowledged in the printed program, unless we are directed otherwise.
TO MAIL CHEQUES:
Incarnation Ministries (for tax receipt): Box 16, Station L, Winnipeg MB R3H 0Z4.
Signpost Music (for business sponsorship): 1578 Erin Street, Winnipeg MB R3E 2T1
CREDIT CARDS: Call 1-800-854-3499 or 204-774-3715 to process by phone.
2017 Spring Letter from Steve:
Dear friends and supporters,
Here is your spring update to keep you abreast of this ministry you have already so generously supported.
We usually send out a documentary-style CD for folks to listen to, in advance of concerts in new cities to introduce folks to my music. It’s been updated, and among other things, it includes some of the back-story for several songs on my recent album Where The Good Way Lies. Feel free to share it with others who you think may appreciate the music. IN FACT… we’ll happily send you free physical copies to give away at your spring backyard BBQ… or whatever. The very best and most effective advertising (and the cheapest for us) is when people personally share their enthusiasm for my work with their friends.
If it bothers you as a supporter to get these CDs from us without cost, don’t worry—you can donate to the cause whenever you want.
To access the sampler online to share it with your friends, visit this link… To order physical hardcopies to give to friends, contact Faye or Amy at 1-800-854-3499.
Otherwise all is reasonably well. I continue touring the new album through spring and into the fall, even as I’ve already started writing songs for my next album. I’ve been busy with concerts and conferences, and I recently gave a three-day clergy retreat in Saskatoon.
We haven’t done a lot of advertising of the fact that I do speak, lecture and lead retreats from time to time. If your organization is looking for a guest presenter, give us a call to see if I may have something to offer.
My health hasn’t been all that great as of late. I’ve been fraught relentlessly with colds and flus and injuries. The most recent and dramatic was when, in late January, I dislocated and broke my knee-cap throwing a curling rock. I would hope such an injury would follow a more dramatic activity like skydiving or motorcycling, but apparently I’ve already aged past curling as a safe activity…. gah! I’ll be in rehab and recovery for several months in hopes of avoiding surgery.
I’m looking forward to the fall. Besides a regular round of concerts across the continent, my English poet friend Malcolm Guite will join me for nine concerts in late November and early December. I can’t announce details yet but keep an eye out. I’ve done several concerts with Malcolm in the States, Canada and even England. If I may say so, we’re a bit of a unique pair as we sit on the stage together and riff off of each other all evening. Malcolm is a great and funny storyteller as well, so there are always a lot of laughs. Please don’t miss it if we come to your town.
Finally, I know it’s summer and folks’ extra resources are set aside for vacationing, but we always take a significant financial hit in the summer as opportunity for income generating work gets pretty slim between June and September. We tend to get other things done during this time (songwriting, album production, and various but necessary tasks that fall through the cracks during high touring season), but we continue to need support.
I’d sure appreciate if you would consider a gift to help us through these leaner months. But none of this is to take away from how grateful I am for your support already.
Have a great summer!