Become a Cello Museum Founder
Welcome to our Founders Campaign! We are running a 45-day campaign to raise funds to hire a Cello Museum assistant. For a gift of $100 or more, you can be a Cello Museum Founder. We need a minimum of $5000 to hire an assistant for three months, but we hope to raise at least $20,000 in order to hire someone for an entire year.
So far we have raised $5,330 of our $20,000 goal.
We have spent over two and half years working to build the Cello Museum and establish this online home for cellists and all who love the cello.
We publish weekly articles and have shared one major online exhibition to date. In addition, here are some highlights of what we’ve done since our launch in September 2020:
- Early in 2022, we worked with the London Cello Society on their fabulous Soul Music Project
- In April 2022, we created the Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project
- We started a Cello Book Club in January 2021, and we spoke with authors of cello-related books throughout the year, including: Isabel Rogers, Leora O’Carroll, Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, Kittie Lambton, Gill Tennant, and Hilary and Julian Wang
- We presented to the North Carolina Cello Society in April 2021
- We participated in The Face to Face Speaker Forum Preview Virtual Event with Yo-Yo Ma, cellist, cultural ambassador, and U.N. Messenger of Peace in May 2021 (the program generously gave Cello Museum visitors free tickets to watch the program online)
- We participated in the Waltham Forest Cello Fest in June 2021
- We began a collaboration with the New York Women Composers to spotlight one member and one of her cello pieces each month.
Our Next Big Project: the Cello Guild
Our next big project is creating an online Cello Guild with educational resources for cellists including video and Zoom-based courses, an online library, and a book and sheet music shop.
In order to move forward with the Guild, podcast, and our next online exhibitions, we need administrative help. Our goal is to hire a full-time assistant.
The Cello Museum is a dream come true, but it is not yet financially self-sustaining. Our aim is to keep the Cello Museum free for everyone – but it is not free for us to create and maintain this valuable cello-focused content.
Make a Difference: Become a Cello Museum Founder
This is your chance to make a difference by becoming a Cello Museum Founder. We are asking you for your financial gift to support the Cello Museum. With a gift of $100 or more, you will become one of our Cello Museum Founders.
Founders will help us hire our first paid team member – an administrative assistant. Having an assistant will allow our specialists to focus on our research and writing projects to create new exhibitions, more articles, a podcast, and other educational materials for the Cello Museum and will help us build and run the Cello Guild.
To hire someone, we need at least $20,000 for one year. We can start with $5,000 for three months, but we’d like to be able to guarantee someone a paid position for a year. Any funds we raise beyond our goal will help us cover our operating costs.
How to Donate
To make it easy to give, we have three ways you can donate – and the money will all go towards our goal:
Gifts of any size will be greatly appreciated, and those who give $100 or more will be recognized as our Founders and have the opportunity to have their names put on a decorated retired cello kindly donated by High Strung Violins and Guitars of Durham, NC.