Maine’s Portland Symphony creates relief fund for musicians, who are sharing videos from home

Posted on: March 25, 2020

“Although the Portland Symphony Orchestra has had to cancel upcoming performances due to COVID-19, they have been busy preparing to launch two initiatives: the PSO Musician Relief Fund and PSO: Notes from Home,” reads an unsigned article in Tuesday’s (3/24) Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME). “The Musician Relief Fund is a digital fundraising effort on the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s website (the direct link is www.portlandsymphony.org/relief/) to help its musicians who are facing an extended period without work due to regional concert cancellations, school and university closures, and other sources of musical employment…. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to the PSO musicians whose livelihoods have been deeply impacted. Musicians will be given the option to opt out of the fund if they are financially stable and want their share to be distributed to other musicians. In addition, the PSO musicians are creating home videos of themselves playing a piece, doing an instrument demonstration, or talking about their lives as musicians. These free videos will be shared on social media and in PSO email news on a rolling basis as part of the PSO: Notes from Home series.”