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2020 Annual Campaign

The Philadelphia Freedom Band's annual campaign ran through the end of the year - we reached our $2000 goal. But you can still donate any time of the year!

Direct your friends and family to donate, share the link to our donation page or our Facebook fundraiser, and/or create your own Facebook fundraiser to support the band. You can donate via Facebook, Venmo (@philadelphia-freedomband), PayPal (treasurer@philadelphiafreedomband.com), or check (sent to Philadelphia Freedom Band, 1315 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107). Any amount helps.

2020 has been hard for all of us. The band may have lost out on as much as $11,000 in income due to cancelled parades and concerts and a shortfall of membership dues. But through the strong leadership of the band, we have continued to pay our commitments to our Artistic Director, Drum Major, and our practice space at Arch Street United Methodist Church.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed us into a concert band hiatus, we have hosted collaborative virtual and in-person social gatherings. We collaborated on virtual marching band and lip synch videos this summer. We socialized (from a distance) near Boathouse Row and hiked in the Wissahickon. We hosted a mental health meetup and are planning a new lip synch video. We began the Inclusivity Collective to deepen our solidarity with movements for equity and justice in and beyond Philadelphia's arts and culture community.

We will continue to make memories together and are in planning stages for outdoor music creation in 2021. In order to do that, we will need to obtain extra supplies to support our members health and safety. Please donate to our annual campaign so we can enter into a new year with cash on hand to fund a healthy and creative Philadelphia Freedom Band.

The Philadelphia Freedom Band is a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 public charity which relies on donations to thrive. Over the last 10 years we have created a safe place for queer musicians to gather, where anyone — LGBTQ+ and allies — can enjoy playing and performing music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Your gift can help us buy music or equipment, fix broken donated instruments, or enable someone with limited resources to join and play with the band.

Please support the longevity of our organization by donating to our annual campaign, which runs through the end of the year. Your donations will help support the queer music-making goals of the Philadelphia Freedom Band. We look forward to many more concerts to come and look out for more announcements regarding virtual and in-person Philadelphia Freedom Band events.

Help support the Philadelphia Freedom Band

COVID-19 means that we can neither rehearse in person nor perform, taking away a major source of income for the band. However, we still have expenses and bills to pay, and we could use your help. We continue to honor our agreements, which includes paying a use fee for our rehearsal and storage space at Arch Street United Methodist Church, honorariums to our concert and marching band staff, and other expenses. The band could use any support you can provide, whether that means a small donation (info below), sharing our posts and info with your network, or just connecting with us online and sharing your favorite PFB memories!

The band was awarded a $1000 COVID-19 Emergency grant from COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL, a joint effort of The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, for which we are very grateful. And thanks to your generous support on May 5th for #GivingTuesdayNow, we were able to raise another $1000 for the band!

Help us make joyful noise.

The Philadelphia Freedom Band is a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 public charity and relies on donations to thrive. Your gift can help us buy music or equipment, fix broken donated instruments, or enable someone with limited resources to join and play with the band. Please consider giving to the band via PayPal (treasurer@philadelphiafreedomband.com), Venmo (@philadelphia-freedomband), or check.

Shopping on Amazon? Do it via Amazon Smile (see instructions here) and set the Philadelphia Freedom Band as your charity of choice.

On Facebook? Consider setting up a Facebook fundraiser (instructions here) so your friends and family can help support the band.

100% of your donation goes to making beautiful music and community!


Mailing address: Philadelphia Freedom Band, 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

501(c)3 number: 23-2583490