The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this, we
- encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music;
- inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors;
- provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support;
- nurture future generations of organists;
- promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and
- engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.
February Dean's Message
In 1978 and again in 2000, our chapter sponsored national AGO conventions which turned profits. The leaders of our chapter were careful with these funds, and after the 2000 convention, the Special Project Advisory Committee (SPAC) was set up to help manage them. The intention is that the interest from these funds be available for projects, and that the principal would remain intact. This intention has been carried out, the principal has been preserved, and about $8,500 total is available each year for projects.
To find out all about SPAC, go to the Scholarship and Grants section of our website http://www.agoseattle.com/scholarshipsgrants.html. There you will find the following key information:
- Guidelines for Funding. Here you will find that the majority of grants are for one time projects, that they are for educational and nonprofit purposes only, and that they can include scholarships, specific projects, and research. Innovative projects are especially targeted, and projects must have a direct connection to our area.
- Examples of Projects We Favor. Here you will find that a broad range of projects are within the scope of SPAC. In fact, there are 10 categories of projects including promotion of the organ to the public, education of organists, study programs, composition and publication of organ music, competitions, conventions, broadcasts, and concerts including organ. SPAC has supported a number of interesting projects in the past including help with travel for study, training in innovative areas, organ compositions, POEs, and advertisement of local concerts involving organ.
- Application Forms for scholarships, grants, and for concert publicity support are all on the website. Completed applications go to SPAC directly, and that committee meets on a quarterly basis. Approved applications go to our Executive Board for ratification and funding.
SPAC is ably chaired by Marion Anderson, and persons serving on the committee include Carol Foster, Mel Butler, Penny Lorenz, and Jim Van Horn. It has been my privilege to serve on the committee as well since I became Dean, and I must say how absolutely impressed I have been with this committee. It is open to new projects and ideas, it is fair minded, and it goes far out of its way to help applicants.
Got a project or idea that needs some funding? Consider SPAC!
Carl Dodrill, Dean