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The American Pops Orchestra strives to build community through the preservation, promotion and re-imagination of American popular music. Through live and virtual performances, educational initiatives and collaborations APO makes the highest quality art accessible to the broadest audiences.

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Membership Levels & Benefits

The American Pops Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Charitable Organization
*Benefit is first-come, first sponsor
$10,000-$14,999
  • Opportunity to underwrite the NextGen 1st Prize in female or male category*
  • Opportunity to commission four (4) works performed by APO*
  • Private concert by soloist via Zoom (15 minutes)
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to one (1) APO mainstage show performance or dress rehearsal filming in Washington, DC at the Meridian International Center in September 2020 or 2021 Winter/Spring programming.
  • Two (2) invitations to two (2) APO Porch Concerts in Washington, DC
  • Four (4) complimentary tickets to NextGen National’s Final Round in Washington, DC in February 2021
  • Named recognition on our website and printed programs/virtual performance credits
  • Complimentary “viewing gift basket” for each live-streamed production containing products from DC’s Wine Traditions and The Capital Candy Jar.
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$15,000-$24,999
  • Opportunity to sponsor the Concertmaster chair* or Conductor’s podium
  • Private concert by soloist via Zoom (30 minutes)
  • Four (4) complimentary tickets to two (2) APO mainstage show dress rehearsal or performance filming in September 2020 at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C. or 2021 Winter/Spring programming.
  • Six (6) complimentary tickets to NextGen National’s Final Round in Washington, DC in February 2021
  • Two (2) invitations to APO’s Porch concert in Washington, DC
  • Complimentary “viewing gift basket” for each live-streamed production containing products from DC’s Wine Traditions and The Capital Candy Jar.
  • Opportunity to commission two (2) works performed by APO during their 2020-21 season
  • Named recognition on our website and printed programs/virtual performance credit
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$25,000+
  • Opportunity to sponsor our virtual children’s tour (including cast and musicians) reaching schools in DC, VA, MD, OH, KY, WV, and PA
  • Private concert by soloist via Zoom (45 minutes)
  • Opportunity to underwrite an APO performance in Washington DC
  • Six (6) complimentary tickets to each APO mainstage show performance or dress rehearsal filming in September 2020 at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C. or 2021 Winter/Spring programming.
  • Eight (8) complimentary tickets to NextGen Nationals Final Round in Washington, DC in February 2021
  • Four (4) invitations to APO’s Porch Concerts in Washington, DC
  • Complimentary “viewing gift basket” for each live-streamed production containing products from DC’s Wine Traditions and The Capital Candy Jar.
  • Opportunity to commission four (4) original arrangements performed by APO during their 2020-21 season
  • Named recognition on our website and printed programs/virtual performance credits
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$1,000-$2,499
  • Named recognition on our website and printed programs/virtual performance credits
  • One (1) complimentary ticket to NextGen National’s Final Round in Washington, DC in January 2021
  • Complimentary “viewing gift basket” containing products from DC’s Wine Traditions and The Capital Candy Jar for our season opener, live-streamed production.
  • Invitation to a virtual holiday happy hour and performance by Maestro Luke Frazier in December 2020
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$2,500-$4,999
  • Opportunity to commission one (1) work performed by APO*
  • Opportunity to sponsor an artist for one (1) of APO’s virtual productions*
  • Named recognition on our website and printed programs/virtual performance credits
  • One (1) invitation to one (1) APO porch/backyard concert in Washington, DC
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to NextGen National’s Final Round in Washington, DC in February 2021
  • Named recognition on our website and printed programs/virtual performance credits
  • Complimentary “viewing gift basket” for each live-streamed production containing products from DC’s Wine Traditions and The Capital Candy Jar.
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$5,000-$9,999
  • Opportunity to sponsor a Principal chair, such as Principal Bass, Guitar, etc.*
  • Opportunity to commission two (2) works performed by APO*
  • One (1) invitation to one (1) APO mainstage show performance or dress rehearsal filming in September 2020 at the Meridian International Center in Washington, DC or 2021 Winter/Spring programming.
  • Two (2) invitations to one (1) APO Porch Concert in Washington, DC
  • Four (4) complimentary tickets to NextGen National’s Final Round in Washington, DC in February 2021
  • Named recognition on our website and printed programs/virtual performance credits
  • Complimentary “viewing gift basket” for each live-streamed production containing products from DC’s Wine Traditions and The Capital Candy Jar.
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$250-$499
  • Named recognition on our website and printed programs/virtual performance credits
  • Complimentary “viewing gift basket” containing products from DC’s Wine Traditions and The Capital Candy Jar for our season opener, live-streamed production.
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$500-$999
  • Named recognition on our website and printed programs/virtual performance credits
  • Complimentary “viewing gift basket” containing products from DC’s Wine Traditions and The Capital Candy Jar for our season opener, live-streamed production.
  • Invitation to a virtual holiday happy hour and performance by Maestro Luke Frazier in December 2020
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The American Pops Orchestra wishes to thank our wonderful donors who help fulfill our mission:

Adrienne Arsht, Luke Frazier & Robert Pullen, The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Virginia Friend,
Ann & Lloyd N Hand, Dottie Mergner, Kathy & Jim French, J.D. Ireland Interior Architecture + Design, Rita & Gary Carleton, Debra Frazier, Peter Jarjisian & Judy Piercy, Jim Kelly, Marianne Kelly, Carol Melton, Victor Shargai & Craig Pascal, Charles Richardson, The Buffy & William Cafritz Family Foundation Inc., Mari Carmen Aponte, Melissa & Nicholas Apostolides, Laura Liswood, Miriam & Amit Magdieli, Arvind Manocha, Christopher Wolf, Natalie Wexler & Jim Feldman, Paula Dobriansky, Paige & Bain Ennis, Phillips S & Jania J Peter, Maya Weil, Stephen Whisnant

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A Message from The APO

As an organization that strives to break the mold of classical concerts, we are using the COVID-19 situation to continue connecting with all of our patrons virtually. With this in mind, we will be changing the format of our remaining events this season. Our NextGen competition, Music & Mindfulness practice, and MainStage show will no longer be taking place at Arena Stage, but instead will be transformed into virtual performances to accommodate social regulations in place throughout our community. Each show will feature the APO musicians and original scores you have come to love, that will accompany our performers, yoga instructor, Dan Carter, and APO artists.

In addition, we have created a new initiative called “APO United” to continue to employ and support our artists through these uncertain times.

Each week, APO will be posting intimate cyber concerts by past artists, highlights from our APO instrumentalist, and playlists of positivity by Maestro Luke Frazier. Join us for this virtual series on our Instagram, Youtube Channel, or Facebook Page. If you’re able, please consider donating here to support our artists through this new series.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes for our ticket purchasers, but ask that you will consider donating your ticket payment to help support the APO (a tax-deductible donation), as we will continue to employ our artists throughout the postponing of live events. If you would like your order to be refunded, please email hannah@theamericanpops.org to initiate your refund.