As a result of much consideration, we have made the painful decision to cancel all concert and educational activities through June 20th.
Over the past few weeks, Seraphic Fire has been monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19 and working through multiple plans of action, all with a focus on the best path forward for everyone involved.
What is the status of next season’s subscription programs?
Currently planning to present as scheduled, however the Board will convene at the end of August to re-assess and determine if any alterations to the November – December programs and schedules are necessary.
While we hope to present our season as planned, if we are forced to cancel any 2020-21 programs, we likely will reschedule for later in the season or move into a future season.
What is the status of the Youth Initiative program?
Currently planning to begin as scheduled in the fall – Seraphic Fire will follow decisions and recommendations made by the Miami-Dade County Public School System.
How is the organization faring financially?
Seraphic Fire has plans to weather this crisis through reduced operational expenses and temporary emergency support from grantors and the PPP. As an additional security measure, the organization has a cash reserve that was further funded through an FY20 operational surplus.
Patrons are encouraged to continue supporting the organization through regular donations and subscription purchases with confidence that Seraphic Fire is taking the necessary steps to preserve the institution. Your investment now will help Seraphic Fire re-launch its programs in full once it is safe to do so.
The administration, in communication with the Finance Committee, continues to build and review multiple scenarios and contingencies to ensure we are prepared to act quickly by following a pre-determined set of actions.
How is the organization taking care of its artists and staff?
Seraphic Fire is providing partial compensation to all artists for cancelled performances from March through the entire summer. Additionally, an artist fundraiser was established to further augment their income during this period of cancellations (GoFundMe).
All administrative positions have been preserved, and staff has been given additional time-off for mental health.
What will happen to my tickets if more concerts are cancelled?
All patrons will be given the option to exchange their tickets into future performances.
Donated tickets, while not expected, will continue to help Seraphic Fire plan and execute future programs and compensate its talented staff and artists.
Staff will work with every ticket holder individually to find a solution that best suits their needs, including refunds if necessary.
Will the Scandinavian, Messiah, and Biebl programs be rescheduled?
Yes! We plan to present these programs on future seasons.
Subscription concerts including Handel: Messiah and Biebl: Ave Maria
Education activities including the Youth Initiative, UCLA Ensemble Artist Program, and High School Master Class
Chorus America Conference hosted by Seraphic Fire
Professional Choral Institute at Aspen Music Festival & School
How You Can Help
Our emergency resources are finite. To ensure Seraphic Fire’s long-term survival, we need your help. If you’re able to support us, there are two ways you can do so today:
Subscribe to next season or contribute.
Most Seraphic Fire subscription orders and annual donations come during April and May. This year they are more important than ever because they represent your vote of confidence in Seraphic Fire’s future. Please consider making your subscription order and/ or annual contribution now.
Our Interim Strategy
Last week, the Board of Directors endorsed an Interim Strategy to guide us through the next few months. Our priorities during this period are financial stewardship to survive the crisis, and supporting the vital ecosystem made up of our patrons, artists, and staff.
To that end, we are taking the following steps:
Seraphic Fire will pay all artists contracted for our April and May programs
Artistic leadership is producing digital programming to connect and engage with our supporters
Administration is restricting all expenditures, and executive leadership has taken a voluntary salary reduction with no definitive end date
What to do with your tickets
Consider donating the value of your tickets for canceled concerts.
Our artists and staff have been preparing for these events for over a year. The revenue earned from each ticket often goes directly to their expenses, like rent and health insurance. Your donated ticket will hugely impact the livelihood of those who matter most to our organization’s future.
You may also choose to credit the value of the tickets you hold for cancelled performances toward the purchase of your 2020-2021 season subscription. To do so, please write to Tickets@SeraphicFire.org indicating the original performance date and number of seats. To request the credit, please contact us no later than May 15, 2020.