Maine Pops Concert Band Looking to Community for Donations, Contributions for 2023

Financing a non-profit musical organization takes a lot of work dedicated to soliciting donations, conducting fundraising, and writing requests for grants. For community bands like the Maine Pops Concert Band, raising funds to finance its annual operation requires the help from the community it serves.

In the spirit of the recent “Giving Tuesday” observance following Thanksgiving, the Maine Pops is again looking to its community for donations and grants that will help keep concert band music in our local communities. Contributions by its members, and through the generosity of donors - individuals and groups – are important to meet our annual expenses.

In a Maine Pops 2023 Donation Appeal Letter focused on donors and contributors that was released December 1, Maine Pops President Bob Swerdlow expressed his thanks to those donors who already support the band’s work financially, while also appealing for new donors to consider a tax-deductible gift this year.

“As an educational non-profit organization, we work to build community through music,” said Swerdlow. “Our members are diverse in age, experience, and ability. Yet, they all share one thing: a love of playing band music.”

In addition, Swerdlow said the Maine Pops will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2023, with grants and donations needed to help the band in its celebration events.

The Maine Pops – a 60-member community band serving the Greater Portland Area – does its fair share of contributing its musical talents to help raise funds for various organizations and charities. It is season-long campaign to “build community through music” began in with a series of summer concerts, an annual fall concert in Portland, and a pair of Christmas benefits performances slated for December.

Community members interested in donating to the Maine Pops can do so by sending a check made out to “Maine Pops” to Laura Merten, Maine Pops Treasurer, 72 Harbor Place, South Portland, ME 04106. Contributors may also donate using Venmo to Victoria Swerdlow at (207) 712-7119.

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The Maine Pops Concert Band is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit corporation.