Washington’s Vancouver Symphony on getting through pandemic: applying for grants and assistance, producing podcasts

Posted on: April 21, 2020

In Vancouver, Washington during the pandemic, “Hardworking local performers are posting free content and inviting tips. It’s their way of keeping their sounds and brands fresh and familiar so audiences come flocking back to theaters, concert halls and nightclubs once the COVID-19 pandemic is over,” writes Scott Hewitt in Sunday’s (4/19) Columbian (Vancouver, WA). “ ‘We are in the business of offering live events,’ said Igor Shakhman, executive director and lead clarinetist for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. [Due to] lost ticket sales and canceled fundraising events, ‘We are looking for sure at a shortfall of revenue,’ he said. The nonprofit may be eligible for relief—perhaps from state and federal funds or grants from the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington. It’s also seeking technical assistance from the League of American Orchestras…. The VSO now posts weekly podcasts featuring guest-artist interviews and concert excerpts.… The April Fool’s Day podcast … explores humor in the music of Haydn and Strauss… The April 13 ‘Spring into the Music’ podcast [features] a recent performance of Aaron Copland’s sunny, breezy ‘Appalachian Spring.’ ” Shakhman says, “My job is to make sure, after the dust settles, Vancouver still has its symphony orchestra.” Find resources and information about coping with the pandemic from the League of American Orchestras here.