MET Orchestra Launches Fundraising Campaign

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)

The MET Orchestra has launched its fundraising initiative and will channel its energy into education and engagement through teaching and performing.

The orchestra’s website has been redesigned and it is leaning on its 501(c)(3) status to accept donations for its musicians, which have been furloughed since April 1, 2020. The orchestra is using the hashtag #WEWILLMETAGAIN for its fundraising campaign.

While the Met continues closed, the orchestra will also continue to teach and perform whenever possible.  In a statement, the members of the orchestra said, “We are thrilled to utilize our community of musicians to create new programming during our time away from the opera house. Some will be virtual, and eventually, some will be live. Last week, several of our violinists donated a class for over 300 students at Scarsdale High School online. We have also developed a partnership with the Renaissance School of the Arts MS377, a public school in East Harlem, where we will be offering free masterclasses. And we are in the planning stages for masterclasses for the Lyra Bragança Project, a music school in Brazil for under-served children. Stay tuned as other new programming comes to life!”

The Metropolitan Opera has been closed since March 13, 2020, and is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 31, 2020