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Classical music: A reader urges others to donate ticket refunds to support the arts. What do you think? | March 18, 2020

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ALERT: The Wisconsin Chamber Choir has canceled its upcoming concert, “Music She Wrote,” on April 18.

By Jacob Stockinger

A reader — who prefers to remain anonymous but who has been deeply involved in the Madison arts scene for a long time — recently wrote:

“I’d like to suggest an angle for your column: Encourage subscribers to the various arts organizations and single ticket holders who can afford it NOT to ask for a refund on their upcoming cancelled concerts, if or when they are offered that option.

“I subscribe — on my own or as part of others’ subscriptions — to the Madison Symphony Orchestra (below, in photo by Peter Rodgers), the Madison Opera, the Broadway musicals at the Overture Center, Forward Theater, and the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Concert series. (I also buy a lot of single tickets to chamber music concerts by the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society and to American Players Theatre in Spring Green.)

“As all those arts organizations cancel their concerts and plays, they still have costs. Forward Theater, for instance, is paying the full contract of all the people who were involved with the production of “The Amateurs.” And I’m glad they are.

“Personally, I will not be asking for a refund on any of the tickets I long ago purchased. I want the arts to stay healthy in Madison, and not asking for a refund is a small gesture in trying to make sure they are able to move forward.” (At bottom is the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, which just announced its summer schedule from June 7 to June 28 and has not cancelled anything. Go to: https://bachdancing.org)

“You reach a lot of people and you could plant a lot of powerful seeds by making this the topic of a column.”

If you are a member of a performing arts group, what do you think?

If you are a ticket holder, what do you think?

The Ear wants to hear.


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8 Comments »

  1. I think it’s something most of us can afford to do and a good idea!

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    Comment by Judith Nepokroeff — March 18, 2020 @ 1:07 pm

  2. Good article. Good ideas. Glad to help these organizations. They help us with their performances! Eva Wright

    On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 12:01 AM The Well-Tempered Ear wrote:

    > welltemperedear posted: “PLEASE HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE A CERTAIN BLOG > POST, SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT OR, SHARE IT or TAG IT (not > just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK. Performers can use the extra exposure to draw > potential audience members to an event. And you might even a” > Respond to this post by replying above this line > New post on *The Well-Tempered Ear* > > Classical > music: A reader urges others to donate ticket refunds to support the arts. > What do you think? > by > welltemperedear > > > *PLEASE HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE A CERTAIN BLOG POST, SPREAD THE WORD. > FORWARD A LINK TO IT OR, SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON > FACEBOOK. Performers can use the extra exposure to draw potential audience > members to an event. And you might even attract new readers and subscribers > to the blog.* > > *ALERT: T**he Wisconsin Chamber Choir has canceled its upcoming concert, > “Music She Wrote,” on April 18.* > > By Jacob Stockinger > > *A reader — who prefers to remain anonymous but who has been deeply > involved

    Comment by Eva Wright — March 18, 2020 @ 12:26 pm

  3. I have already donated my tickets to the Madison Symphony, and they will be sending me a donation letter. No need to get a refund and donate it back, which involves extra costs for the organization.

    Comment by Margaret Irwin — March 18, 2020 @ 9:53 am

  4. It wouldn’t occur to me to ask for a refund. These groups are my friends and family. Thank you for addressing the issue! Harriet Statz

    On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 12:02 AM The Well-Tempered Ear wrote:

    > welltemperedear posted: “PLEASE HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE A CERTAIN BLOG > POST, SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT OR, SHARE IT or TAG IT (not > just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK. Performers can use the extra exposure to draw > potential audience members to an event. And you might even a” > Respond to this post by replying above this line > New post on *The Well-Tempered Ear* > > Classical > music: A reader urges others to donate ticket refunds to support the arts. > What do you think? > by > welltemperedear > > > *PLEASE HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE A CERTAIN BLOG POST, SPREAD THE WORD. > FORWARD A LINK TO IT OR, SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON > FACEBOOK. Performers can use the extra exposure to draw potential audience > members to an event. And you might even attract new readers and subscribers > to the blog.* > > *ALERT: T**he Wisconsin Chamber Choir has canceled its upcoming concert, > “Music She Wrote,” on April 18.* > > By Jacob Stockinger > > *A reader — who prefers to remain anonymous but who has been deeply > involved

    Comment by hjtstatz — March 18, 2020 @ 9:37 am

  5. Yes!!

    Sent from my iPad

    Comment by Betty Risteen Hasselkus — March 18, 2020 @ 9:22 am

  6. We are requesting all refunds, and then adding those amounts to our annual contributions which come directly from our IRA, for which we pay no taxes. Same effect for the arts, different strategy.

    On Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 12:01 AM The Well-Tempered Ear wrote:

    > welltemperedear posted: “PLEASE HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE A CERTAIN BLOG > POST, SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT OR, SHARE IT or TAG IT (not > just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK. Performers can use the extra exposure to draw > potential audience members to an event. And you might even a” > Respond to this post by replying above this line > New post on *The Well-Tempered Ear* > > Classical > music: A reader urges others to donate ticket refunds to support the arts. > What do you think? > by > welltemperedear > > > *PLEASE HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE A CERTAIN BLOG POST, SPREAD THE WORD. > FORWARD A LINK TO IT OR, SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON > FACEBOOK. Performers can use the extra exposure to draw potential audience > members to an event. And you might even attract new readers and subscribers > to the blog.* > > *ALERT: T**he Wisconsin Chamber Choir has canceled its upcoming concert, > “Music She Wrote,” on April 18.* > > By Jacob Stockinger > > *A reader — who prefers to remain anonymous but who has been deeply > involved

    Comment by Jane Pizer — March 18, 2020 @ 8:19 am

  7. I think this is a great idea, IF one can afford it. Many of us are taking a pretty big hit from lost performing and teaching gigs, so a refund is almost a necessity. (I can use that $200 I spent on a ticket for “Wicked!”) However, if someone is able to do this, it might make more sense to accept the refund and then donate it back to the organization. Win-win: they get the $$ and you get a tax deduction.

    Comment by Kathleen H Otterson — March 18, 2020 @ 7:29 am

    • Good idea. And if you didn’t get tickets, send in a contribution. Whatever you can afford. Even a few dollars from a lot of people helps.

      Comment by Ronnie — March 18, 2020 @ 8:41 am


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