Emergency Relief Fund of The German Orchestra Foundation Call for donations for freelance musicians

Nov. 9, 2020 – “Life is short, and art long.” In order to fill our short life with beauty and shared experience, several musician friends and I will play this coming Sunday, November 15, at Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church for those attending the services at 9:30 am and 6 pm. This is the first in a series of music for church services which I will undertake to play during the coming weeks together with Mohamed Hiber, Vladimir Babeshko and Daniel Müller-Schott. In doing so, we would like to call attention, among other things, to the catastrophic economic situation of many musicians and solicit donations on their behalf.

After all, the coronavirus pandemic has stripped freelance professional musicians of their livelihood. From one day to the next, there were no more performances – and thus no income.

“Art is long” – but only if we support these musicians with our solidarity – not just verbally, but also through our private donations. In March the German Orchestra Foundation initiated an Emergency Relief Fund to help freelancers whom the cancellation of concerts and events has plunged into fear for their survival.

I very kindly ask for your solidarity: please help the German Orchestra Foundation offer existential relief. Every Euro helps!

Monika Grütters, Federal Commissioner of Culture, and Kirill Petrenko have taken on the patronage for the German Orchestra Foundation’s fundraising campaign. This patronage sends a strong signal on behalf of all musicians, and certainly offers further encouragement for a generous donation.

“Life is short” – but if it is filled with music, it is all the more beautiful.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Anne-Sophie Mutter


Further information on the Emergency Relief Fund (in German) is available here: https://orchesterstiftung.de/nothilfefonds/spendenaufruf/

Account information for your donations:
Deutsche Orchester-Stiftung – Reference: Nothilfefonds
IBAN: DE35 1004 0000 0114 1514 05
BIC: COBADEFFXXX

For donations over 200 Euros, the German Orchestra Foundation will issue a donation receipt for the German tax authorities (please make sure to give your full name and address when wiring your donation); for donations under this level, the wire transfer receipt is sufficient as a donation receipt for tax purposes.

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