Capital Campaign for the
Quincy Jones Performance Center


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What is the Capital Campaign for the Quincy Jones Performance Center?

The capital campaign will fund a plan to upgrade and optimize the failing and outdated tech systems of the “Q” — Quincy Jones Performance Center — to bring the quality of those systems up to the quality of the theatre as a whole. Based on a professional analysis of our systems,  we understand the limits of our current systems and have developed a plan to optimize our technology investment. The campaign will have three phases to address our immediate, short, and long-term needs.

Why does the Q need new systems?phasesnew

When you attend a concert, musical, play or other performance at the Q, you should be able to fully immerse yourself in the experience. Today, that experience often includes distractions like late starts due to light system failures, microphones that cut in and out, sound that is only optimized for certain sections of seating, or a lack of balance between miked and unmiked musicians and singers. Broken or inadequate lighting and sound equipment can ruin the experience for performers and for the audience. We have some of the most talented and dedicated students and teachers around – our performance center should be properly equipped to support them.

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How will it be funded?

The overall plan will be funded by a mix of grant money, any available funds from the school district, private funding, event fundraising, and donations from the entire Garfield community. Phase 1, which addresses immediate needs to be met in time for end-of-year performances, will be primarily funded through individual donations and event fundraising.

What is the plan?

Our intention is to bring the sound and light systems up to modern standards, with a flexible, expandable solution that will see us well into the 2030s. This is a solid mid-level solution, neither high-end nor scraping by as we are beginning to do now.

There will be a learning component for technical theatre students as work takes place, giving them insight into professional sound and light engineering and design.

Phase 1: Basic Needs – $50,000 (in place by end-of-year performances in May 2016)

  • Replace the failing light board with a new board that will work with our existing systems and also accommodate future changes.
  • Replace the outdated analog sound board with a solid mid-level digital sound board.
  • Upgrade cabling and antennas for the wireless microphone system, and replace any wireless equipment as needed. Have the amplified sound system professionally optimized using existing equipment.

Phase 2: Sound – $100,000 (three months – 2 years)

  • Re-band or replace all 600 MHz devices. The 600 MHz radio frequency band is being auctioned off by the FCC; continued use of the band leaves wireless systems vulnerable to increased interference.
  • Supplement current three-speaker system by installing additional speakers to round out the sound in the theatre.
  • Create the ability to mix sound from the house, not solely from inside the booth. 
  • Purchase and install digital recording equipment to enable multi-track recording

Phase 3: Lights – $250,000 (2-4 years) 

  • Replace current light instruments with LEDs
  • Install additional LEDs to meet all program needs (including orchestra bandshell)

How can you help?

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Simply put, you can donate and encourage others to do so as well. Phase 1 has a tight deadline. Like all of you, we don’t want to have even one more end-of-year performance or program plagued with technical problems, so we are committing ourselves to making Phase 1 happen before those performances. That means having the equipment purchased and ready to go ASAP. Second semester starts February 8th, and the sooner we can get our Technical Theatre class working with the new systems, the more time they will have to become experts in their use by May. Our goal is to complete Phase 1 fundraising by the end of March.

The booster group Friends of Garfield Singers (FrOGS) has very generously offered $5,000 in matching funds, and Supporters of Theatre at Garfield (STaGe) has likewise offered an additional $7,500 in matching funds. We think we’re going to reach that $12,500 matching level very quickly with your help! We have also received approximately $1200 in individual donations from families and supporters of our performing arts students, so we’ve made a great start to our goal of fully funding Phase 1.

Donors to the immediate needs campaign will be recognized in our Spring Musical program each year of the larger campaign, unless you prefer to remain anonymous. We are currently working on a package of other thank you benefits and recognition for donors and will have that information for you as soon as possible. We also have some fun items in the works that will be part of the Raise the Woof auction on March 25th; stay tuned!

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