Update on Fiddle & Bow

Sent to our mailing list on December 14, 2021

Fiddle & Bow Supporters, 

Season’s greetings in these chaotic times. We hope this update finds you in good health and adapting to our ever-changing world. We’re sending you this brief email to update you on happenings with Fiddle & Bow. Rest assured that F&B is continuing with presenting live music while carefully investigating other aspects of our mission statement. The Board of Directors continue to meet online monthly and is investigating timing, procedures and protocol for presenting live music in the future. We are also investigating other ways to present music in the evolving world of live music performance.

As you well know, the world of live music was upended in March, 2020. Fiddle & Bow, along with nearly all live music venues canceled live music performances. In our initial discussions the board had hoped to be presenting live music by the end of the summer. As circumstances changed we adapted our schedule and recognized that any decisions about live music were going to require a comprehensive plan that protected audience, performers and volunteers.

As it stands now, our current plan is to follow the Governor’s phased roll out as well as the advice of medical health professionals. Our current model suggests that we will be on hiatus in presenting live music performances until late spring of 2021, but we are exploring all options. Never to be a group of pessimists, the positive news is that F&B is fiscally healthy and our hiatus allows us to weather this crisis for an extended period of time. We are confident that once the environment is healthy for live music, we will be prepared to return.

We also want you to know that this year’s hiatus will not impact your membership term or privileges. Anyone who had a paid-up membership to Fiddle & Bow as of March 1, 2020 had their term of membership frozen. Membership terms will be “unfrozen” two months after we again start presenting concerts. We will send each of you a note as to level, benefits (like concert passes), and the remaining term of your current membership near that time. We would also like to encourage others to renew or become members of Fiddle & Bow to help us revitalize the organization for a new era.

While we are following the guidelines of experts, we also want to hear from you on ideas, options, alternatives, and how Fiddle & Bow can have a positive impact on your lives. In the coming weeks we will be sending out a short survey to invite your thoughts on F&B’s reopening. Additionally, if you have new and innovative ideas, do not hesitate to share them. 

Finally, we thank you for your patience. Much like you, we are missing the artists, community, and excitement of live music. We look forward to getting back to live music in a safe environment and to hearing from you soon

Mark Dillon
Fiddle & Bow Society