Marin Alsop is supporting a campaign by film maker James Bartolomeo to make a documentary short about the BSO OrchKids, the during and after school music program for Baltimore City students that was set up by Marin in 2008. James was so moved by the power of the OrchKids programme that he has been inspired to make a 15-20 minute film that authentically documents the experience of the children in the program.
The aim is for the film to be the cornerstone of a broad and far-reaching awareness campaign. Filming started last July, but in order to achieve their goal of finishing this film and capturing more footage, a campaign has been launched to raise money to pay the production and post-production costs. If they successfully reach a target of $13,250, Marin has agreed to match every dollar to bring the figure up to the desired target of $26,500.
Marin says: “I hope you can join me in supporting this wonderful project! These kids are amazing and a huge inspiration to everyone that hears and meets them. This film will help us spread the story of music’s transformative power and reach our goal of involving many more young people. Please join me! Thanks so much.”
There are many ways you can donate and special perks for larger donations that include private performances with OrchKids and even a lunch hosted by Marin.
If you’re inspired by the program but don’t feel you can make a contribution, you can still help by sharing the link to the campaign.
To read more and to visit the campaign page click here.
You can find out more about the OrchKids program on their website.