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Posted on: January 24, 2019

Bloomfield Federation of Music Receives Grant from Investors Bank to Support 2019 Musical Programs

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Federation of Music turns 75 this year, and intends to ramp up its public concerts for the milestone. This year, the Federation has secured funding from Investors Bank, via the Bloomfield Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

Founded in 1943, the Bloomfield Federation of Music is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, a collective of five musical ensembles — the Civic Band, Chorale, Mandolin Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Youth Band — that serves musicians of all ages and experience levels, presenting up to 20 concerts each year. As of now, at least eight performances are scheduled through June, alone.

“The BFM’s goal is to promote awareness of and involvement in various types of music, for and by people of all ages, throughout the year. Instrument repairs, rental space cost, and printed materials all cost money, so we are extremely grateful to Investors Bank, and Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Michael Sceurman, for helping us get funding to help us continue putting on excellent performances to be enjoyed by the greater-Bloomfield community,” said Patrick Burns, President of the BFM. “This $5,000 grant will be divided equally among our five ensembles so each group utilizes the funding which best suits their need.” 

Specifically, the Civic Band plans to hire 3-4 guest soloists throughout the year; the Chorale will hire accompanist perform and concerts; the Mandolins Orchestra will arrange workshops with guest artists and commissioning original arrangements; the Symphony will hire soloists and fill-in players, and the Youth Band hopes to hire a guest conductor/composer for a June concert.

The Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1932, The Chorus (now Chorale) in 1936, The Civic Band: 1946, the Mandolin Orchestra was founded in the 1950s, and the Youth Band was founded in 1986.

“The Bloomfield Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is proud to support the BFM throughout the year, including practice space, and grant funding whenever we can,” said Director Michael Sceurman. “The BFM provides great opportunities for residents to hear high quality performances for free or for a nominal donation, and these types of cultural activities are crucially important to keeping Bloomfield a haven for the arts. I would like to thank Investors Bank for their promotional support of the Bloomfield Federation of Music, and invite other local businesses to support the BFM’s efforts to bring quality artistic and educational programming to our community."

The BFM’s 75th Anniversary Gala is taking place Sunday, May 2 at 7:00pm at Chandelier, 340 Franklin Ave., Belleville. World renowned viola player Brett Deubner will play with the Symphony Orchestra Sunday, March 17, 3:00pm at Bloomfield Middle School. 

Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that

has been serving customers since 1926. In 2005, the bank created the Investors Foundation to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing. 

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