“Friends of Choral Music in Europe” is a non-profit association run by volunteers. Its exclusive aim is to support the work of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat.
As a European network, ECA-EC relies on the active cooperation of member organisations and choirs, on their membership fees and on some public funding when it can obtain it. But unfortunately, very little money is available for European activities in the field of culture, and ECA-EC tries not to be too dependent on public funding to ensure a sustainable development.
The actual operational budget of the association is around 200.000€ per year. Yet an “ideal” budget, allowing for more projects and more services to the community to be developed would be around 500.000€. The association is actively working on developing new funding sources, including foundations, public funding, sponsorships, new business models, etc.
The core team (2 full time staff only) is animating a network of over 70 volunteer board members, advisors, committee members dedicating time and energy to this common cause.
To be able to develop new projects and prepare the future of choral music in Europe, we also need the active support of the singing community: you!
And you can help by doing what you like most: singing together!
You can organise any type of fundraising activities, you can ask each singer for a contribution or to collect small donations, but of course concerts may be the best tool for choirs to raise awareness and collect donations.
We prepared a special document to help you organise a succesful fundraising event. Click here to download it.