Friday, August 21, 2009

Brother, Sister, can you lend a dime?

As many of you know, the Skylight Opera Theatre has undergone a hell of a summer. But the staff, the interim management, the Board of Directors and the community are all pitching in to help pull this beloved institution back from the brink.

In addition to the super exciting benefit that will happen on Sept 1st in the BTC and in the park just south of the BTC from 5pm to 10pm with over 50 artists donating their talents and filling the night with music,

http://www.skylightopera.com/visitus/openhouse.html

you now have a chance to help the theater directly. Tonight. So please read the following letter. Consider what you can do. Please join us on Sept 1st for what promises to be an incredibly memorable evening! And call now (414.291.7800) for season tickets to what will be a raucous 50th anniversary season. If you can't become a subscriber now, please consider stopping in to see the Barber of Seville. Single tickets are also on sale.

Here's that letter:

Dear Lover of Art,

This is Norman Moses and I’m writing you to ask for money. How’s that for to the point?

If you have not been following the national arts news in the past month or so, you may
have missed the turmoil that has been going on in Milwaukee at the Skylight Opera Theater since June 16th. Dan Wakin of the New York Times came out with this article about it on August 4th.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/04/arts/music/04skylight.html?_r=1

Then, on August 5th, a day after the Times article came out, this bombshell landed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/07/arts/music/07arts-MANAGINGDIRE_BRF.html

The following article came out on Sunday, August 9th in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. We are now in amazingly good hands with.

http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/arts/52800097.html

Such is the power of peaceful protest. As a result of this upheaval, the Skylight artists and patrons have come together in an effort support the Skylight as it navigates through this difficult financial time.

The Skylight owns the Broadway Theater Center, which is the building that houses the offices and performing spaces for the Skylight, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Children’s Choir, and the Bel Canto Chorus and Present Music. Those arts groups depend upon the Skylight to remain financially stable.

In 1594 there were Queens and Kings who were the corporate sponsors for Shakespeare and his plays. We don’t have Kings and Queens any more. But we do have you. All of the Skylight artists are determined to continue to offer you the high quality music theater we have offered you for the past 50 years. With your help now, we will be able to offer it for another 50 years.

You can start now by helping us raise $50,000. Pledge 50 for 50. $50 for the Skylight’s 50th Anniversary season. Be one of the 1000 people to pledge $50 each by September 18th, the opening of the season. If you only have $10, ask four of your friends to chip in the same. Easy, right? You can spend $50, and then some, going out to dinner these days. So go out one evening less this month, and give that $50 to the Skylight. Pledge of multiples of $50 like $100, $250, $500, $1000…you get the point…are highly encouraged. There must be a few of you Kings and Queens out there yet.

If you are already a donor, thank you for your generous support. More than ever, we need you to continue your regular donations. Would you consider an additional pledge of $50 this year for the Skylight’s 50th anniversary season?

The Skylight artists have wonderful things in store for you this season, starting off with a free concert in Catalano Square (located just south of the Broadway Theater Center, 158 North Broadway) on September 1st, from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, during the Skylight Open House, which is 5:00 – 7:00. Many other great events are being planned for the entire season. It’s going to be an amazing anniversary.

Whether you can make a donation or not, please forward this e-mail to siblings, parents or friends who still may have a connection with, and love of Milwaukee, and who believe that the arts must flourish in our city. We are hoping all can chip in at least a little.

You can donate online here.

http://skylightopera.chipin.com/skylight-opera-theatre

Donations can also be sent directly to the Skylight. This link will send you to a donation form. It’s the second link on the Skylight page that says “click here.”

http://www.skylightopera.com/supportus/individual.html

You will receive a letter verifying your donation for tax purposes.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and please give as much as you can. Milwaukee has grown into an amazing city, and arts groups, like the Skylight, have contributed so much towards making it a wonderful place to live.

Yours truly,

Norman Moses

50 comments:

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  2. I donated right after ED resigned.
    You are crazy, you know. But did you ever know that you're my hero?

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  3. Yea Jamie and Norman! Yea Skylight!

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  4. $20 and counting...does Joel's removed post count?

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  5. I gave $50 earlier today and next week will give Colin a larger pledge that was made before ED resigned. Thanks Jamie for all you have done.

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  6. I can, I will, I did. :) I offered my volunteer services to SOT the day after big D left the building as well, but so far no one has contacted me ...

    -krasovich

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  7. We have a check in the mail pile now, the one I promised when the log jam broke. I just wanted to post a comment to up the game here!

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  8. Donation donated! Thank you Norman and Jamie and everyone who ever did anything anywhere!

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  9. We're sending the big donation this week and the extra $50 when I get paid! Send another 5 for me Jamie. "Did I ever tell you, you're my hero"

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  10. You're amazing! Hug on hold - or maybe tonight at Old Maid?

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  11. Well done, Jamie! Thanks to you, and everyone who worked so tirelessly to save the Skylight! Please let me know if you need any help with sound equip for the Sept. 1st gig.

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  12. I've been following this on facebook, your blog and the NYTimes-very exciting! Congrats!

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  13. Here's five from your pocket, and I'll match your total too. How's THAT for backup? :) So happy this is moving forward. Go team Skylight!

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  14. What a great letter, Norman, and a great way to fundraise. My $50 will be in the mail. Now if I could write such a compelling and yet enjoyable to read letter for my annual campaign...

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  15. Jamie, you are so passionate and persistent in helping out the Skylight. I hope they appreciate the time and energy you're spending on them. They are fortunate to have you..carry on! Jenny

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  16. I put in my $50! Cheers to the Skylight! :)

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  17. The events of the last several months revealed that Milwaukee is truly passionate about the arts. I'm excited to have witnessed the level of engagement demonstrated, and encouraged about the future. A continued thank you.

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  18. Thanks, as always, to Norman and Jamie! Heroes, both. Put me down for $50!

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  19. So, this is where we post to get the extra donation, right?

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  20. Jamie, Ray and Maggie get to pay for this one...

    Please be patient with all your requests to "physically" help the Skylight. I'm working with some of the staff to figure out how we can use the over 100 offerings that are overwhelming us!!

    And many thanks to all the donors in this campaign!!

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  21. Here's to saving the arts for generations to come!

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  22. Yay Skylight!!! Jamie, I love your passion.

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  23. I'm IN! And we are doing our best here in NYC to put on a really great benefit ASAP! xxooxx to you, JJ.
    Branch

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  24. Jamie, you ROCK! Cha ching...$15!

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  25. Jamie -

    Rockin' idea. I just donated my $50 via your Chip In site. It's worth it to me to see the Skylight returned to the loving hands of Joan and Colin.

    Bless you!

    Joanie Welsh

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  26. Glad to hear Skylight is back on its feet!

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  27. So, I should comment here for the $5 donation? :-)

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  28. I mean, I just want to be sure. :-)

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  29. Me too! Me too! So glad you lost the battle and won the war!

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  30. Throw in a fiver for me, Jamie. Hopefully there will be more coming from ME in September. (Ah, those lovely back to school expenses!)

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  31. THANKS Jamie for all of your hard work!! Thanks to EVERYONE who helped make this happen!

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  32. I think this is the right post to comment upon...

    See you Saturday!

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  33. I figured it out. The rabbit is saved! Tee, hee.

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  34. I don't know how you do it. You are a marketing genius!

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  35. You're all too kind! Damn! That's another $5!

    Only 12 hours left!

    I'll pay up Monday or Tuesday morning.

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  36. Throw in another 5 bucks for me!!!

    -Janine

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  37. i'm confused jamie, so i have to add this comment here too, right?...

    i challenge every one of these COMMENTERS to donate $5 OF THEIR OWN. (if they haven't already!!)

    $5, that's all. that would mean each comment here is worth $20.

    i'm going to CHIP IN right now to donate my $5.

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  38. This is one crazy idea. Thanks for doing it.

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  39. Doing my part to help your bank account dwindle, Jamie! You're the man!

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  40. Got this in an email...it definitely counts. Less than 4.5 hours folks!

    Ok...I'd be pleased to comment if I could figure out how to do it...but???? You are welcome to post this.

    I appreciate all the artists efforts on behalf of Skylight, but more so on behalf of the integrity of art in general.

    Even though I was moved by Norman's challenge, I wasn't planning a financial donation at this time, but couldn't justify not donating $5 responding to Tony's comment.

    We also bought Barber tix and have volunteered for a couple of other shows.

    Best,
    Susan Klingman

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  41. I'm posting this comment at 12:19am my time...and yet it's showing up as three hours earlier. Looks like y'all just bought yourselves a few more hours. Keep commenting!

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