Corporate Support has always been and will continue to be the backbone of our success.
There are many avenues of support. To name a few:
- Concert Sponsorship & Guest Artist(s) Sponsorship
- First Chair Society
- Chamber Classics Friends of the Quartet
- Youth Symphony Sponsors
- Program Book Advertisers (Main Concert Program, Chamber Classics & Youth Symphony)
- Outdoor Family Concerts
Your continued support is greatly valued.
Concert & Event Sponsorships
There are many ways to support the Western Piedmont Symphony with Concert and Event Sponsorships. Contact our staff about any of these opportunities and any questions you may have.
EDUCATIONAL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Quote from the Dallas Morning News:
“If there were a course to teach your child self-discipline, time management and self-reliance, would you enroll him or her? If this class would raise his SAT score by an average of 107 points and significantly increase his mathematics proficiency, is it worth your tax dollars? If that same course would place him in the group with the lowest lifetime and current use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs, would you camp out to guarantee him a spot? You don’t have to. Just support the music programs in your school .”
Educational Programming sponsorships are becoming increasingly important. In the past public funding has supported the majority of the cost of in-school performances, but that funding is rapidly disappearing. WPS considers these performances (annually about 40 performances which reach over 25,000 school children in the Western Piedmont area) an essential part of its mission. Studies have proven the benefits of an arts education program to the development of critical thinking skills in students. Sponsorships may be local to a specific school or cover a full series Benefits to you include recognition in the annual Program Book and appropriate press coverage.
MASTERWORKS CONCERT SPONSORSHIPS
Opportunities exist at various levels for sponsorship of a specific concert or guest artist up to full sponsorship of the Masterworks Series. Series and concert sponsorship enables WPS to cover the costs of producing one of the five season Masterworks concerts.
Benefits of sponsorship include complimentary tickets to the sponsored concert, verbal recognition from the stage at the performance, recognition in all news releases, radio announcements, interviews, and in all marketing materials such as flyers, postcards and mailings, social media and publication of your support on the program page in the annual Program Book.
GUEST ARTIST(S) SPONSORSHIPS
Benefits of sponsorship of a Guest Artist include complimentary tickets to the sponsored concert, verbal recognition from the stage at the performance, company logo worn underneath name tags of ushers, volunteers and board members during performance, recognition in all news releases, radio announcements, interviews, and in all marketing materials such as flyers, postcards, newsletters and mailings, and publication of your support on the program page for your concert in the annual Program Book.
CHAMBER CLASSICS SERIES
WPS produces four Chamber Classics concerts per season. A series or an individual concert may be sponsored.
Benefits of sponsorship of a Chamber series or individual concert includes complimentary tickets for specific sponsored performance. All sponsors will receive verbal recognition from the stage at the performance, recognition in all news releases, radio announcements, interviews, and in all marketing materials such as flyers, postcards and mailings, website, social media and publication of your support on the program page for your concert in the Chamber Classics Program.
YOUTH SYMPHONY SPONSORSHIP
The Youth Symphony was established in 1971 for young musicians interested in playing in an orchestra with the full complement of winds, brass, strings and percussion. Two concerts are performed each year. The WPYS serves as a valuable component of a strong musical education program which includes school music programs and individual instruction.
POPS & OUTDOOR CONCERT SPONSORSHIPS
The City of Hickory and numerous businesses and organizations have joined forces to present “Symphony Under the Sails.” These extremely popular concerts are presented “under the sails” in downtown Hickory. These outdoor concerts not only appeal to families, they are also very popular with the downtown businesses. Approximately 2500 flooded the downtown area for the Summer Pops concert. Numbers grow every year.
Sponsorship of this event is needed to cover not only the musicians, but any production costs associated with the event: outdoor necessities of tents, audio systems, etc. We strive to introduce children and families to the joys of music, playing an instrument and music education.
Benefits of sponsorship include verbal recognition from the stage at the performance, recognition in all news releases, radio announcements, interviews, and in all marketing materials such as flyers, postcards and mailings, and social media.
"No one has ever become poor by giving." ---Anne Frank
The WPS Endowment Fund is a permanent trust fund created to strengthen the financial foundation of the Symphony organization. You can help by including the Symphony in your estate plan. Opportunities to make a special gift to the WPS Endowment include:
Gifts of Cash and Securities Life Insurance and Bequests
Retirement Plans (IRA’s, 401(k) plans, qualified profit-sharing plans and 403(b) plans
Matching Funds through your Employer
For more information and details, without obligation, please contact Western Piedmont Symphony Endowment Program, 243 3rd Avenue, NE, Suite 1, Hickory, NC 28601. You can also contact the WPS Executive Director (828)324-8603. Your consideration and support are greatly needed and appreciated.