Met Chorus Artists Raise Over $500,000 to Support 300 Artists

By David Salazar

The Met Chorus Artists, Inc. has announced that it was able to raise over $500,000 in donations as part of its fundraising campaign to support artists who were affected by the Met Opera’s closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, over 300 artists were able to receive $1,668 of support.

“Our success is a testament not only to the amazing support and love of our fans, but also the solidarity in the face of unprecedented difficulty in our industry shown by all Met Artists,” said Ned Hanlon, Chorus Committee Chair and recipient of a grant, in a press release. “This grant could not have come at a better time. Like so many Artists, I’ve been forced to relocate from New York and am still struggling to make rent payments. This gives me the financial and emotional boost to keep going through this difficult time.”

Over 500 individual donations came from opera overs all over the work. Among the major contributors to the campaign were Graham Berwind, Bob Doorenbos, and an anonymous donor who led a successful $25,000 matching campaign. Rolex donated $250,000 in support of Met AGMA artists.