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451 West 36 Street 1b
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-563-0115
Fax: 646-365-3145
 Williebobpro@mindspring.com

 


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Willie Bobo Production Group
Fundraising Case Statement




Willie Bobo Production Group
451 West 36th St. 1b
New York, NY 10018-6337
Phone: (212) 563-0115
Fax: (646) 349-2728
Email: williebobopro@mindspring.com

 

Have you met Willie Bobo?

           

            Willie Bobo Production Group (WBPG) is  a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization located in the heart of Manhattan’s Theatre District. It is the mission of Willie Bobo Production Group to present works that are humanly engaging to a diverse audience. WBPG is dedicated to bringing together artists and professionals of differing disciplines to promote the performing arts.

            We differ from theatrical groups by focusing on the business aspect of production, while still maintaining the highest standard of artistic excellence. To that end we are committed to balancing our operating budget and ensuring that WBPG operates as a financially sound institution. This is accomplished through a variety of successful fundraising activities, an aggressive approach toward marketing and advertising, and a solid financial approach to resource management. We began this dream knowing that we are good artists, but we intend to run this company as good business people.

 

Past, Present, and Future.

 

            Willie Bobo Production Group was founded in October of 2001 on the principles of artistic freedom, integrity, and independence. Since our inception we have produced Main Stage productions of David Rabe’s Hurlyburly and Donald Wollner’s Badgers. Our Experimental Cabaret Series has generated music and comedy events throughout the city, as well as our Christmas production of Jeff Goode’s The Eight: Reindeer Monologues.

            Our current project is a production of Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Veins and Thumbtacks. This dark comedy hits the boards in February 2003.  It is being produced in association with Amici Ensemble Productions.

            Along with three more Main Stage productions by year end 2003, WBPG has a number of projects in development. Our “Reading Series” will explore new and previously produced theatrical works, “The Meet and Greet Network” will encourage a greater exchange of ideas within the off-Broadway community, and “The Performing Arts Eductation Program” will send touring shows and actor/teachers into schools throughout the city.

            By year end 2004 we plan to develop and market a full off-Broadway series. This will include workshop productions of new works and the re-examination of some classics.

 

Our Thanks to Friends and Neighbors.

           

            Willie Bobo Production Group relies heavily upon the members of  community that we serve. None of this would be possible if not for their help and support .

            Our audience base is strong and consistently growing. Our foundation is professionals ages 25-45, but our mailing list of over 600 contains people from all walks of life. Many of our patrons do not consider themselves regular theatre goers. They are receptive and eager for a wider variety of art and entertainment.

            The backbone of any not for profit organization is its volunteers. We have been blessed with a diligent group. Our volunteers are involved in nearly every aspect of production. They are responsible for everything from advanced promotion to post-show clean-up.

            Several local merchants have been incredibly generous. Rehearsal space, fund-raising support, and office equipment have all been donated. Support from local business such as these is vital to our survival and growth.

            We owe a debt of gratitude to all.

 

How can you help?

         

            It is our dream to bring high quality theatre, art, and entertainment to our community. However, it takes money to realize that dream. Unfortunately, ticket sales alone do not always generate enough revenue to fund this endeavor.

            That is why it is our goal to raise a minimum of $100,000.00 by the end of 2003. This worthy goal will be achieved through a series of fund-raising events, charitable gifting, grants, benefits and corporate sponsorship. The money raised will ensure that we can continue to turn dreams turn into reality.

            There are a number of ways that you can help. Donors, volunteers, and patrons are always greatly appreciated. No donation is ever too large or too small.

            To make your tax-deductible donation please make checks payable to Circum-Arts Foundation, earmarked for Willie Bobo Production Group. Mail to Willie Bobo Production Group, 451 West 36th St. 1b New York, NY 10018.

            To volunteer your time or services please e-mail us at williebobopro@mindspring.com or call (212) 563-0115.

            For information on upcoming productions and events please visit our homepage at www.williebobpro.org.

            We thank you for your support and look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

 

Thank you, 

Benjamin T. Scott,

Secretary, Executive Director of Marketing and Development

 

 

 

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Willie Bobo Production Group is a member of Circum-Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit organization offering management services to artists.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Please, make checks payable to Circum-Arts Foundation, earmarked for the Willie Bobo Production Group.  Mail to Willie Bobo Production Group, 451 West 36 Street 1B, New York New York 10018.