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Up until 1998 the ERYO was funded by the Education Department. Since then the orchestra has received Lotto funds and was able to be in a sound financial position. This situation is reflected in the figures of 2009 where a surplus of R135 892 was made.  However, from 2010 onwards no Lotto funds were forthcoming for a variety of reasons and the surplus turned into a loss of R79 996.  The loss for 2013 was about R40 000.  As mentioned previously, the developmental musicians are not receiving the required funding as the ERYO cannot fund the tuition fees, grants, bursaries and transport fees for all of these members. However, the survival of the orchestra depends on new young musicians being fed into the system yet finances make this nigh impossible. We need to introduce and prune new members every year on a continuous basis to ensure the future existence of the orchestra. It is a catch-22 situation.

We are requesting sponsorship in order to be able to support and groom musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who are needy in a variety of ways.  As mentioned, only five such students can be financially supported.  Yet there are at least 20 students that need financial assistance for music lessons, for hiring instruments, to buy concert clothing and to be able to transport themselves to various venues throughout the year and for paying their monthly membership fees. 

Over and above the above the ERYO needs instruments which can be hired out to musicians.  We do need new instruments such as two new Alto Saxophones and a full size cello. The ERYO furthermore wants to enhance the quality of life and broaden the horizons of its members by going on a tour of Cape Town to perform at a wine farm, in township schools as well as a music school.  The funding required for a tour would be in the region of R350 000.

We would appreciate any sponsorship of and commitment to the orchestra. You could contribute to this worthwhile endeavour in several ways:

  • You can sponsor a learner whose details and progress will be provided to you on a regular basis.
  • You can alternatively invite the ERYO to perform at a function or event of your organisation or company.  Performance costs lie in the region of R10 000.  Details will be negotiated with the organizer.
  • An instrument can be sponsored. If the child shows diligence and has musical talent, the instrument will be given to the learner after 2 years. He/she can then progress to the teaching stage after a couple of years and thus will start to earn something.

In return for your sponsorship you will obtain free advertising for your company/business on concert programmes and tickets, on the internet.  It is also possible to become a Friend or a Patron of the orchestra.