Dear traditional music enthusiast,
For over thirty years, Scottish Fiddlers of California (SFC), the parent non-profit of Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School, Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp, San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers and Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles, has celebrated and shared the powerful beauty of traditional Scottish music and explored its relationship with other musical cultures.
Since its inception, the organization has been supported by the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generosity of donors who are committed to strengthening and sustaining our traditional music community for generations to come. This year we have been extremely fortunate to have offers from two dedicated enthusiasts to match $15000 in donations both to the Valley of the Moon Peter Connelly Fund and to the Valley of the Moon Legacy Fund. Donations to these funds and to the Sierra Fiddle Camp Village Fund will help to ensure that these camps continue into future years and that we are able to award financial assistance to those who need it.
With sadness in our hearts at this year's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School, we honored the memory of our dear friend and musician extraordinaire, Cali McKasson. Her loss was deeply felt, as was her presence in our sharing of memories and tributes to her. A special fund to provide financial assistance for young musicians with a particular emphasis on promoting diversity in the student body where possible was set up with generous donations from campers. Each year, at least one financial aid applicant shall be named as the “Cali McKasson Memorial Fund recipient”.
As the year turns, we think deeply of the traditional arts - music, song, dance and their important role in our communities and lives. Please consider a gift to Scottish Fiddlers of California and its various projects. Your donation is a resounding affirmation of a spirit of peace and beauty, and an antidote to the cacophony of world events. Music can be a heartening, healing and empowering force for us all and we invite you to contribute to the educational and community outreach work of SFC.
Scottish Fiddlers of California is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and each of its projects is individually funded as well as supported by shared resources. Your tax-deductible donation can be specificallytargeted, or allocated to the area of greatest need.
Wishing all a joyous, music-filled holiday season,
Scottish Fiddlers of California
|— donations will support the needs of each SFC project listed below as well as those of the parent organization. Funds will be allocated to the areas of greatest need.
| — provides financial resources toward development and sustainability of VOM in future years.
| — provides annual disbursements for financial aid to students attending VOM
| — will provide financial aid to students with particular focus on encouraging diversity in the student body as well as encouraging foster children to attend. Annual recipient will be named "Cali Mckasson Memorial Fund Recipient"
| — provides annual disbursements for financial aid to Sierra Fiddle Camp students, and supports the development and sustainability of Sierra Fiddle Camp in future years.
| — donations will support workshops, gatherings, small and large performances of Scottish traditional music and dissemination of educational materials throughout Northern California and beyond.
| — donations will support workshops, gatherings, small and large performances Scottish traditional music throughout the Los Angeles region.