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Organising a fundraising event

Who are we?

“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.

Why should you raise funds?

To support the development of choral music in Europe through its main network!
The European Choral Association - Europa Cantat (ECA-EC) is a non-profit association uniting organisations, choirs and individuals active in the field of collective singing in Europe. Through this network it is in contact with more than 2,5 million individuals in over 50 countries.
The targets of its activities and events are the 37 million singers, conductors, composers, managers and educators active in the field of collective singing in Europe. See www.singingeurope.org
Since 1963, the aims of the association have been to foster cooperation and mutual understanding between cultures, nations and individuals across social and political borders, to promote collective singing as tool for education and for community building and to represent the interests of the singing community.
The association continuously develops new projects to better answer the needs of the European choral world and to reach out to new singers, with a focus on younger generations and integration..

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!

How can you raise funds?

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.