Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus

Reviewed in 2021 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$27,967 raised by 96 donors

100% complete

$26,000 Goal

The Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus was founded in 1984 as a singing group that aimed to foster a sense of community and provide support specifically for gay men in the Sacramento area. Over the years, through musical performance and outreach programs, the chorus has grown to become an integral part of the Sacramento music community and a voice for the broad scope of LGBTQ+ folks in the greater Sacramento area. With that voice, SGMC has confronted intolerance and bigotry by providing a positive experience of the Queer Community. The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus strives to create a fun environment for LGBTQ+ folks and allies who enjoy making music together. The chorus has now grown to one hundred members and is focused on both musical excellence and dynamic choralography. During the year, the chorus puts on several concerts, sings at numerous community events and benefits, and creates "pop-up" performances throughout the community.

We strive to create and maintain an organization that values:

  • Diversity: We honor, promote, and model diversity in our membership, music, and community outreach.
  • Musical and Artistic Excellence: We strive to produce musical and artistic excellence through education, performance, and a varied repertoire.
  • Support and Connection to Our Community: We serve as musical and community leaders for the artistic and LGBTQ communities in Sacramento and beyond.
  • Action for Social Justice and Pride: We confront intolerance through action that shows pride and expresses the common hopes and dreams shared by gays and straights alike.
  • A Safe and Nurturing Family: We build and sustain a welcoming social and purposeful environment of fellowship, fun and shared musical expression for all our members.
  • Personal Growth and Transformation: We promote personal growth and learning that challenge members to become all they can be and more.
  • Strong Organizational Stewardship: We maintain sound and transparent financial and operational practices that ensure a stable organization capable of achieving its mission.

Mission

Our mission is to foster pride and enhance lives, one song at a time.

Our vision is to build a community where no one will be afraid to sing one's own song.

Needs

Performance & Production: Continually investing in new music is one of our largest expenses for performance and production. As the chorus grows, our music costs increase as licensing fees and sheet music costs and membership growth are parallel. We continue to improve the quality of our costuming, lighting, props, and venues to always deliver the best possible performances. Musical instruments and audio and lighting equipment are necessary to maintain the quality and minimize the cost of performances and concerts.

Outreach: SGMC continues to increase our outreach methods and extent. We confront intolerance and bigotry by providing a positive experience of the Queer Community. Our goal is to add as many outreach performances as our schedule allows, and also show up with love and acceptance at festivals, events, and community gatherings to support youth and adults in their endeavor to "sing their own song."

Management/Staff Support: Maintaining a small professional staff enables SGMC to continuously improve the quality of our performances, increase our outreach, and support our members and volunteers. Our staff includes an Executive Director, Artistic Director, and Principal Accompanist. SGMC utilizes many volunteers, including committee chairs who assist in performance management and membership development. While these volunteers graciously donate many hours of their own time, their work requires financial support to ensure the success of their projects.

Miscellaneous Administrative Costs

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus

other names

SGMC

Tax id (EIN)

68-0234567

Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget

$100,001-$250,000

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Other, Funding: Program

Demographics Served

LGBTQ+

Address

2111 J Street #275
Sacramento, CA 95816

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