NORTH PORT SYMPHONY COVID-19 UPDATE.
To Our Wonderful Patrons,
In light of ongoing developments resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the national move to cancel group gatherings as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Florida Division of Emergency Management, the North Port Symphony regrets to inform you that the rest of the 2019-2020 season has been cancelled.
The Symphony’s final performance will not take place. Our orchestra is truly disappointed not to perform our final concert, ‘My Favorite Things’, for you.
The Box Office is closed and will remain closed until the Sarasota County School Board has determined that the North Port facilities may resume normal business operations. We appreciate your patience as we work through a high volume of inquiries.
Since we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, we work on a limited budget and thank you for your past generous donations. Although our performers are all volunteers, we have expenses such as: scholarships, music library purchases, staffing, insurance and printing.
If possible, we respectfully ask you to consider donating the value of your tickets for the last concert to help the Symphony through this difficult time and enable us to continue to bring you next year’s concerts. We are grateful for your consideration.
A new Charitable Giving Tax Deduction in the Covid-19 Relief Legislation will provide an “above-the-line” or universal charitable giving incentive for contributions made in 2020 of up to $300. This provision allows all non-itemizer taxpayers (close to 90% of all taxpayers) to deduct charitable contributions from their tax return, an incentive previously unavailable to them. Additionally, the stimulus legislation allows itemizers to claim 100 percent of contributions made in 2020.
We will also be offering an option for you to receive a credit for your ticket(s) to be used at any band, chorale, or symphony concert during the 2020-21 season. The ticket will be issued for the same musical ensemble for which the ticket was originally purchased. To process your unused tickets from the Band Concerts of March 26 and April 26, the Symphony Concert of March 29, or the Chorale concert of April 18, you will need to complete a Cancelled Ticket Form provided at the end of this letter. We will begin the process of issuing credits or accepting donations as soon as possible. There may be significant wait times to process all requests, so we ask for your patience during this time.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we all navigate these very difficult circumstances.
We look forward to bringing you beautiful music in the new season.
Ticket Donation / Credit Form
The North Port Symphony is grateful for the following people for donating the cost of their tickets
Elidia Bia Lowas
Michele De Lucca-Lowrey
Lester Van Allsburg