FUNDRAISING NEWS: Scottish orchestra seeks legacy donations


The Scottish Chamber Orchestra plans to run its first-ever legacy campaign.

The charity, which gets 50 per cent of its funding from the Scottish Arts Council, is appealing to its 1,700 supporters, the majority of whom are elderly, to leave it money in their will.

"If you've spent your life coming to concerts, you may leave your money,

said Lucy Short, sponsorship and fundraising director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The orchestra has promoted legacy fundraising in the past through its concerts without using a response mechanism.

It now plans to drum up support by sending out a mailing, hosting receptions, as well as offering its members a gift when they sign up to legacy giving.

It's also proposing an annual concert to be held in honour of their pledge.

The orchestra needs to raise 11 per cent of its annual £3 million running costs for its educational and community programmes.

It offers school children the chance to watch and learn from the 37 musicians, as well as perform in chorus alongside them.

Ensembles of players visit the elderly and perform in deprived areas, putting on mini concerts and charging £1 for those who can't afford to attend scheduled performances, which are usually sponsored by companies for hospitality purposes.

"Every Scottish person should have access to the orchestra,

said Short.

"We belong to Scotland."

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