South Carolina Philharmonic

Music for a Cause

The S.C. Phil's “Music for a Cause” program turns concert experiences into “coming together” events with six non-profit 501(c)3 organizations from Richland and Lexington counties.

We’re proud to raise awareness and funding for the communities they serve. This benefits the partnering organizations by:
  • Increasing their visibility and awareness to an audience with an interest in strengthening community through cultural partnerships and philanthropic support.
  • Jump-starting fundraising efforts without the overhead of a special event. Our partners may set up displays at “their” concerts, take donations and even sell tickets to their own communities, from which they’ll receive 75% of the face value as a donation from the S.C. Phil.
  • Using collaborative advertising opportunities to share the “buzz” about the scope of their own projects and initiatives while sharing the S.C. Phil with their communities.

In 2016/2017 the S.C. Phil once again partners with six area charities to raise money and awareness of their causes. Each charity will be featured at a Masterworks concert. The charities for the season are:

  • Lighthouse for Life (Sept. 9, 2016)
  • Home Works for America (Oct. 15, 2016)
  • Red White and Babies (Nov. 12, 2016)
  • Palmetto Place Children's Shelter (Feb. 4, 2017)
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank/Orchestras Feeding America 2017 (March 11, 2017)
  • Historic Columbia Foundation (April 22, 2017)

To request consideration as one of the six Music for a Cause partners in the 2017/2018 season, download the application and return by Friday, March 24, to: South Carolina Philharmonic, 500 Taylor Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201, or fax it to 803.771.0268. You may also scan and email a PDF.

Apply for 2017/2018!

The S.C. Phil is pleased to accept applications for the five remaining partner charities of the 2017/2018 season. Partners are recognized in publicity and advertising for the concert and are offered a display table in the lobby and the opportunity to insert an informational flyer into the program book. They are also able to sell concert tickets as a fundraiser, keeping 75% of the proceeds for their organization.

In selecting its partners, the Music for a Cause program focuses on helping a diverse cross-section of smaller, human- or animal-service non-profit organizations from Richland and Lexington counties with limited resources, giving them a unique chance for publicity and awareness in front potential supporters that might not be familiar with their programs.

Many of our partner charities select a date near a major fundraiser or important date in their organization's mission (like Earth Day or World AIDS Day). Dates for the 2017/2018 season are below. Every attempt is made to pair your organization with its preferred date, but dates with multiple requests will be assigned based on order of applications received. A normal S.C. Phil Masterworks Series runs from September/October to April, with no concert in December.

  • Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
  • Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
  • Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 (Harvest Hope/Orchestras Feeding America 2018)
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018