Goals and a Short History of the Organization
The Mini-Cassia Community Concert Association, Inc. was started back in 1946, joining with other community concert associations, all under the umbrella of a national organization. Our goal is: "To offer every man, woman and child in this country the opportunity to experience the magic of live performance by bringing artists and audiences together." There is something special and inspiring about live performing arts, which is slowly being lost through the burgeoning electronic media of today's environment. We are committed to helping keep live performances alive.
Continuously since 1946, Mini-Cassia Community Concerts has brought in either four or five shows each season, consisting of professional musicians, dancers or singers. Many famous artists obtained their start by touring with Community Concerts, such as Van Cliburn (piano), Harry Belafonte and the New Christy Minstrels.
We are committed to promoting musical interest in the young. We provide outreach education offered by some of the artists. Examples from the past include Joe Burgstaller, a trumpeter who sent sheet music to local high schools in advance of his concert, for them to learn prior to his arrival. They then joined him on stage for part of his performance. A pianist, Angela Jia Kim, suggested we select one promising young person under the age of 12, to perform the opening number for her show. We contacted piano teachers and had try-outs with judges, who selected one boy for that honor. We also underwrite the cost of some artists coming a day early to local schools, to perform for that school's music students; they typically answer questions about the life of a performer, and always encourage young folks to follow their musical dreams. We have also provided music education for adults, such as arranging for a nationally recognized organist who gave master classes for amateur organists from all over Southern Idaho.
We are a non-profit organization with 501(C)(3) charitable organization status. We are usually ineligible for grant money, as most grants in the arts are restricted to capital improvement projects. We depend on membership fees and community support through donations. Our entire organization is made up of unpaid volunteer workers, who sell memberships, help with publicity, contract with artists, keep track of finances and book work, and take care of the artists. We have kept our membership prices very reasonable ($45/Adult; $20/student; $120/family) in order to encourage greater partici- pation. Most of our artists would easily command ticket prices of $40-$75 per show. Through our unique group booking organization we can obtain our artists by pre-selling season membership tickets and then booking them on a tour with other Community Concert organizations. This "volume discount" approach greatly reduces artist costs.
But to keep our prices so reasonable, we cannot rely solely on ticket sales. We must also receive support from generous donors. Thank you for considering supporting quality live entertainment and music education in the Mini-Cassia area of Idaho.
Susan Tuft, President