Created to celebrate 75 years of providing “live music on the river,” the Endowment Fund sustains current programming and ensures continuance of future seasons. Ticket sales cover approximately 55% of the expenses incurred in a season for artist fees, programming and production costs.

Financial support

Financial support from donors to this fund and to the unrestricted General Fund continue to ensure excellence in live entertainment.

BCM also supports music education through the Educational Outreach program. Student concerts take place at the Memorial Auditorium while Master Classes and clinics are held in various venues including area schools. Students have the opportunity to experience the professional artist in a shortened concert as they entertain or as they talk with them about “how I came to be on this stage.”


The evening’s performing artists conduct these activities during the day. Concerts begin at 1:00 on show day and conclude by 2:00 with transportation provided by school districts in Des Moines and Lee counties. The concerts are free to all schools and students. Adults accompanying students are not charged.

How you can help:


Cash – Send a check today.


Commemorative gifts – In tribute to a birthday, anniversary or special event


Deferred giving – Bequests, trusts, gift annuities or life insurance.


Contact financial planner to assess how best to include the endowment in estate planning.


Memorial gifts – Honor a deceased relative or friend.


Pledges – Outright gifts spread over three or more years


Securities – Receive a charitable deduction for the fair market value of your securities and avoid long- term capital gains taxes.

Please contact our board with questions and/or donations.

Endowment form

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Our header photo was shot by Holly Carpenter who was born and raised in Burlington. She started doing photography in the early 2000s with what, a the time, was a very familiar camera: the point and shoot. Shortly after she upgraded to the SLR. In 2008, she joined the world of digital. And without any formal classes or training, Holly began pursuing a career as a photographer. Her learning process included reading tons of books, a lot of trial and error and, too many Youtube videos to count during which she discovered a love for night photography. The header image is just one example of her passion and discovery of the beauty that can be found in the night that surrounds us. If you want to see more, Holly sells her work every year at the Annual Craft Show held at Memorial Auditorium the first full weekend in December. Stop by to say hello.

All of Holly’s photographs are available for purchase. You can see more of her work @ https://pixels.com/profiles/holly-carpenter.