March 22, 2017


Seasons Greetings Focal Point Supporters,

It is that time of year when we try to organize our finances and prepare for our next year. If you are among those contemplating an end-of-the-year contribution, we would like to remind you that The Focal Point is designated by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) organization. We recognize there are many fine, worthwhile organizations deserving of your support, and hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation.  The Focal Point is not only a non-profit, it is also operated entirely by volunteers. All of the money we take in goes to the musicians and to the direct support of the facility.  We produce many fine concerts in an acclaimed listening room for reasonable prices. Those who book the artists, handle business affairs, maintain the building, sell tickets, and run the technical operations do not take a cent. It is a labor of love to preserve and present the kind of folk, traditional, and roots music you may not hear elsewhere.

Over the past few years, The Focal Point has expanded the number of concerts, and with this, our expenses have increased. Rent and utilities increase yearly. Equipment is constantly needing to be maintained. Additionally, licensing agencies (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) charge us thousands of dollars per year in fees to have live music in our listening room. In the upcoming year, we will be presenting more concerts than ever before, and we hope to improve the conditions of the listening-room building: new seating, re-doing the 100-year-old floor, and purchasing multi-track recording equipment. We know that money is tight for everyone, but we would appreciate any contributions to continue this labor of love. If you would like to contribute please follow the PayPal link below, or make check payable to Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood MO, 63143.

For the Board,

Michael Holtz (Vice President/Production Manager)

The Focal Point Board of Directors is:

David Stein (President)

Michael Holtz (Vice President)

Daniel Higgins (Treasurer/Secretary)

John Kramer

Jim Nelson

Nick Pence

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The Focal Point is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Your gift is tax deductible.