Our un-flappable divas and divos of OOT LA have a few days left to reach their goal of $2500 on their Indiegogo campaign. They’re on their way, they just need a few more people like you to step up and give whatever you can today! Check out their campaign and their fabulous incentives. If you like what you see, consider making a contribution. Can’t give but still want to help out? Click on those sharing tools and help us spread the word!
Today marks the last day of October, or what we in Opera on Tap circles like to call OOTober. Month-long campaigns like this always leave me emotionally spent and ready for a rest afterwards. I feel compelled to write today, because I feel the exact opposite at the end of this particular campaign. I have had the privilege and the pleasure of working very directly with our Chapter organizers across the country this past month on creating strategies to raise awareness of and support for Opera on Tap’s local and national projects. The people who make Opera on Tap happen around the country, I’ve learned, are a very particular type: entrepreneurial, creative, passionate, talented, courageous and extremely generous. Despite the fact that ALL of them are working various other jobs to keep themselves afloat in addition to developing or maintaining their singing careers, they take an enormous amount of time out of their busy lives to make Opera on Tap happen. We are now in the final hours of our campaign across the country, and I saw a post by one of our organizers that quite literally brought tears to my eyes.
When I founded this company along with Carla Fisk and Jessica Miller-Rauch, we really didn’t know what we were starting. We were all feeling weary and just wanted to have some fun singing and had an opportunity to do it at a bar we all loved. 1 year later we had national attention, volunteers jumping on board entreating us to create a company giving us ideas on how to expand on our concept, and packed audiences every night. Not to mention a long list of great performers who loved taking part. A year after that, we had our first chapter in New Orleans, sponsored by The New Orleans Opera. And things have continued to snowball from there.
Since Opera on Tap’s inception, I have been involved on every level of its development. It has been and continues to be an incredible journey of self-discovery. I have had many great teachers in my life. With the exception of my daughter, none compare to Opera on Tap. Funny to think of OOT in context of babies. It is my baby, and I am moved to discover this month, that it has become other people’s baby as well. When it is your baby, you want to see it grow. Every chapter of OOT has something very special and very unique going on. Our structure allows for each to have its own flavor. Organizers can pursue their own production ideas and concert themes and showcase their performers and provide scholarship funds for them in the ways they see most fit.
This particular October marks some major developments for OOT. We are pleased to announce 3 new Chapters that launch next month: OOT DC Metro, OOT Milwaukee, and OOT Potsdam. It also marks my official transition into a new role with Opera on Tap. With the help of a few awesome NYC OOTers, I am now able to focus almost all of my OOT time on development and capacity building for the national organization. Over time we have built an incredible network of passionate artist entrepreneurs and our intent now is to maximize our impact on our culture through collaborative cross-country productions, commissions and scholarship fundraising for the singer participants that make the opera happen, in addition to continued expansion into new venues and new cities. Opera lives, and across the country, we are in your faces at your bar reminding you of that!
Our official OOTober campaign may be winding down, but the good news is, the season of giving is year-round. I encourage you to check out our website to learn more about ALL the things we are doing across the country to make opera live in your life. And if you like what you see, consider showing your support by clicking on the button below. I can guarantee that your contribution today will support the artists that make Opera on Tap grow.
Our fantastic divas in Seattle set a goal of $2400 to raise by the end of ‘OOT’ober through their Indiegogo campaign. They are now in the final countdown and they are 24% there. Can you help them reach their goal today? In moments like these, every contribution counts. Even the smallest amount you can give will help them get there! Check out their campaign, if you’re in Seattle go see them (they perform sometimes up to 3 times a month at different venues across the city) and consider helping them reach their goal! We guarantee that your contribution will have a direct impact on the artists in Seattle that make opera happen there. Then consider sharing the project you support with your own network of friends. We truly appreciate your help and we look forward to continuing to entertain you at watering holes across the country for many years to come!:
Our fantastic divas and divos in the Boston, Denver and Seattle areas have all just entered the final 7 days of their crowdsourcing campaigns! Can you help us get to the finish line? Check out their campaigns here! They are all in a place where statistically they can make their goals. If you’ve had it in the back of your mind that you want to give to one of these campaigns, it is officially go-time! Thank you for your continued support of our fiesty grassroots opera-to-the-people organization!
This just in folks! OOT LA has launched their crowdsourcing campaign today. 20 days to raise 2500 and they’re already 4% funded. Yay lala land! Check out the campaign today, contribute and share with your LA-based friends!:
In NYC (Brooklyn to be exact), our friends at Slope Cellars are doing their part to honor OOTober! Everytime you buy a bottle of Baronnie Coussergues Rose now through November, Slope Cellars will donate $2 to Opera on Tap. What a wondrous and delicious way to support your favorite divebar opera company!
Buy at their online store here or if in NY, visit the shop!:
436 7th Avenue in Park Slope between 14th and 15th streets
Brooklyn, NY 11215
OOTober is off to a great start for our divas and divos in the Denver, CO area! They’ve already raked in $300 from their first OOTober event and Oktoberfest is just around the corner. OOT Colorado has big ideas of how they want to grow their chapter, including bringing the NYC production of SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story to their town. They’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign today to help raise awareness of their Chapter’s local and national goals. Check it out! Give! Share! You know the deal!:
Our fabulous divas in the Twin Cities raised 1k this past Sunday at their annual Oktoberfest fundraiser in honor of OOTober! Here’s to people supporting opera in the land of 10,000 lakes! With the funds they brought in, they are well on their way to purchasing a much needed piano for their performances. And of course, we are seriously hoping that ‘pretzels used as Princess Leia hair rolls’ becomes a major fashion trend.
Check out the great piece on OOT San Francisco in United Airlines’ magazine Hemispheres! What better way to idle your flight time away than muse on opera in the Tenderloin?
Since 2005, Opera on Tap has held events during the month of October to raise awareness of and funds for our programs and Chapter activities across the country. This year, we’re launching the official OOT Appreciation Month website (surprise you’re here!) to better explain just who we are, what we’re doing, and why you should consider supporting Opera on Tap in your town. Visit our Chapter’s pages here to learn how each one is working to raise awareness and funds this month. Happy browsing!