Donors + Contact With Musicians = Real Money

A new trustee of the Seattle Symphony has already implemented a program designed to raise significant cash: It’s “a $500,000 multiyear challenge grant that will bring donors in direct contact with visiting artists. The program, called the Guest Artists Circle, enables participants to have a one-on-one dinner with a guest artist, appearing during the symphony season, in concert or recital; an opportunity to sit in the middle of the orchestra during a rehearsal with the guest artist, and premium seats for the performance.” Dinner with Yo-Yo Ma, by the way, is still available for a mere $70,000….