If you would like to join Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s community of friends and supporters, your tax-deductible contribution will help immensely in supporting the guest residencies of some of Bali’s finest performing artists, a wide range of educational outreach programs, and the continued presentation of Balinese performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Click here to read the Letter from the Director 2013
You can also support GSJ by adding us to your eScrip account, or clicking on one of our affiliate program links. These programs allow you to shop as usual while GSJ recieves a percentage of your purchases. Pretty cool!
Call us at 510-655-1227 for more details and for additional benefits that accompany larger gifts.
Matur Suksma (THANK YOU),
Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Letter from the Director, 2013
November 12, 2013
Dear Friends of Gamelan Sekar Jaya,
Greetings from GSJ! I hope that you and your loved ones are well as we approach the end of 2013. GSJ has had a phenomenal year of artistic creativity and intercultural exchange, and we want to thank you for the support that you give in so many ways.
Gamelan and dance have taught me that language, culture, politics, and religion are important, but that the arts speak directly to the heart. Although I have been part of GSJ for over two decades, GSJ remains to me, a legend, a giant -- for the beauty of its artistry, the courage of its new and traditional works, and the strength with which it embraces the values of community and interdependence that are at the core of Balinese arts. GSJ’s sustaining presence is a powerful message that an independent gamelan group can flourish for generations, that our community loves and values the arts, and that when we pool our resources, amazing things happen. The year ahead brings much to celebrate, a performance with the San Francisco Symphony, a tour to Bali of all of our ensembles, and 2014 also marks Sekar Jaya’s 35th Anniversary.
GSJ has been an important resource for me personally, and I would like to ask you to join me in a new fundraising initiative, so that this resource will be available for generations to come. We have weathered this economic climate with the support of our community (that’s you!), our members, Master Artists, and our incredible funders. Our staff, on their own initiative, implemented a reduction in hours, and our members have taken a 35% increase in membership contributions because every individual is committed to the stability of GSJ.
Our goal now is to cultivate a stable community support structure made up of people like you and me who, through an automatic monthly gift, create a broad based source of income for GSJ. For less than $1 a day, you can become a ‘Sustainer’ of GSJ by signing up for a tax-deductible, monthly contribution.
By the end of 2013, our goal is to raise $15,000 and have 25 or more Sustainers.
$10, $20, or $50 -- the price of a meal and coffee -- per month from a large community, is a powerful foundation. Of course, if a one-time contribution of any amount is what works for you, then we are thrilled with that!
Please visit www.gsj.org/support
to sign up. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have questions about how to do this. Your generosity will ensure GSJ’s tradition of bringing the beauty and wisdom of Balinese arts to California.
For your support, given in so many ways, thank you.
Emiko Saraswati Susilo