Are you missing live music this summer? Do you lament the canceled school musicals and concerts? Now you can relax while taking in the sweet sounds of student musicians—right on your own doorstep!—through a POMS Pop-Up Music event.
Bedford Patrons of Music Students (POMS) is offering brief (10–15 minute) concerts by current Bedford music students as a fundraiser, to be given at a time and place of the donor’s choosing. POMS has lined up a handful of BHS student musicians, from a trumpeter to a rock band, who are volunteering their time and talents in a safe, socially distant way throughout the month of August.
Click the image below for a sneak peek of a Pop-Up Music event!
The form asks for your name and address information (Bedford locations only), plus preferences for a date and time for your performance. POMS will make the best match based on the students’ availability. On the day of the performance, Bedford student musicians will perform Pop-Up Music on the donor’s front lawn, sidewalk, backyard, or other safe location. A POMS board member will be on hand to help with setup and receive additional donations. The suggested donation to book an event is $50–$100, but donations of any amount are welcome.
POMS raises funds every year to support student music in Bedford’s public schools, through teacher stipends, classroom wish-list grants, and student scholarships. With COVID-19 affecting town and school budgets, the need for this kind of supplemental financial support will be even greater in the coming years. POMS’s usual sources of fundraising—namely Bedford Day and concessions at school events—are either canceled or uncertain, so the organization is looking for other opportunities to engage with the community and raise money for the music department.
“We don’t know what this school year will look like,” POMS President Emily Mitchell said. “But we do know that our music faculty and students will need resources to continue teaching and learning in this new environment. POMS exists to provide that financial support, and the board wants to do whatever we can to make sure we’re living up to our mission.”
“We’ve all missed student performances and live music over the past several months,” Mitchell continued, “and I’m delighted that the board and our student volunteers have found a safe way to bring some musical joy to our neighbors this summer. We hope Bedford residents will take advantage of this opportunity as a way to celebrate a birthday, mark a special family occasion, or just enjoy a break from daily stress.”
For more information about POMS, visit www.bedfordpoms.org. Donations are accepted online through the POMS website as well.