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Please Put the “Give” in Giving Tuesday

What’s the most fun? Going to an Art Mob concert. (That’s only if you’re not singing in it, which is even more fun.) On December 17, 18, and/or 19, you’ll have a chance to do that for the first time in two whole years. Hurrah! We have an exciting new director, Cynthia Shaw; we have some great new singers added to (most of) the old ones; and we’ve programmed a kick-ass bunch of songs. We’re pumped for this!

What’s the least fun? Asking you for money. We really don’t like doing it. Maybe it’s just false pride; we’ll check with our therapist. For a long, long time—starting in 1979—we didn’t do any asking. We were such a no-budget operation that we were able to keep going on whatever money the singers were able to toss into the pot, plus the (meager) box office.

Now we have expenses! And, due to COVID restrictions, we can only invite a small audience. We’re asking them to pay more, this one time, but that still won’t cover us. Ay ay ay! We still kick in most of the funding ourselves, but our budget (yes, we have one now) will balance only with your help.

Go to artmob.org and click on the Donate button to use a credit card or PayPal. If you’re more of a phone app person, Venmo us at @artmob.

The Art Mob deserves to be around forever. But we’ll only last as long as our fans want us to, so give us a hand. Thank you!

Give us some giving.

From the Desk of the Treasurer

I’ll be direct: We need money. If you can give us some, it would really help us out. It’s tax deductible.

See my postscript.

I could have stopped there, but I feel the need to explain things. The Mob for its first thirty years or so operated on nothing, or as close to it as you can get. Now, our spending is still low relative to larger arts non-profits, but more than we can fund internally. The reason is very simple: Space. Our rehearsal spaces used to be free; now we have to pay. Performing spaces haven’t been free for a while, but they haven’t gotten any cheaper; quite the contrary. Our other expenses—printing and mailing postcards, printing programs, and very little else—are minor.

The music director needs to get paid as well, but I didn’t list that expense because we singers take responsibility for covering it ourselves. Which means we can’t afford also to pay for space rental and the rest.

Please donate right now, before you forget or chicken out.

The math is simple, too: What we take in at the box office is several hundred dollars short of what we must spend each season. That’s why we ask you, the Best Friends Forever of the Art Mob, to consider a tax-deductible donation to our very worthy little group.

We have remained true to the independent, intensely curious, non-conformist spirit in which Marcia Tucker founded us back in 1979, and we can keep doing that with your support. Even a small amount is helpful, a larger one that much more so.

Please donate right now, before you forget or chicken out, and use our Paypal link to send your donation to us. We will not waste it. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your generosity in the past and the future!!!

p.s. A confession: This is from me, the Treasurer, myself; my desk can’t write. It has legs, but no arms or hands, and it frankly has very little to say in any case.