Music Fest will Kick-Off Friends of Steinway Mansion Fundraising

steinway music posterLONG ISLAND CITY, NY – Sept. 18, 2013 – The Friends of Steinway Mansion today announced the Steinway Mansion Music Fest as the inaugural program of its national fundraising effort to purchase, restore and open the Steinway Mansion for public use. The Steinway Mansion Music Fest will bring together a series of local bands and venues to raise awareness and funds for the group’s mission.

The Dru Cutler and The Heart & Hand Band will headline the first event at SingleCut Beersmiths (19-33 37th St, Astoria) on Saturday Sept. 28 at 8:00pm. A launch rally will be held at SingleCut at 6:00pm. All are welcome. The event is free to the public and donations will be accepted to benefit the Friends of Steinway Mansion.

“Using music to raise awareness for the plight of the Steinway Mansion was frankly a no-brainer,” said Bob Singleton, executive director, Greater Astoria Historical Society.  “The Steinway’s revolutionized modern music and modern New York. The Steinway Mansion Music Fest pays homage to both legacies and appropriately launches our fundraising effort to save the Mansion.”

The fundraising effort has two distinct goals:

  1. An estimated five million dollars is needed to purchase the mansion and the surrounding grounds.
  2. An estimated four million dollars is needed for the mansion’s restoration. This effort will take at least five years.

As part of their diverse strategy, The Friends of Steinway Mansion is also reaching out to the New York arts community, local residents and businesses, politicians and corporations.

Future Music Fest performances will be hosted at venues throughout Astoria, Long Island City culminating in the Friends of Steinway Mansion First Annual Gala. Donations will be accepted at all performances. For information on future performances please check the Friends of Steinway Mansion website: www.steinwaymansion.org

About the Friends of Steinway Mansion

The Friends of Steinway Mansion (FoSM) is a consortium of individuals, businesses, government representatives and community groups united to purchase and restore New York City’s Steinway Mansion and to open the building and its grounds to the public.

The Friends of Steinway Mansion is a program of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible in the manner and to the extent allowed by law.

Donations are accepted at steinwaymansion.org or checks may be sent to Friends of Steinway Mansion, c/o Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, Long Island City, NY 11106

For more information please visit: www.steinwaymansion.org

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In the News: Music Festival Fundrasier To Buy The Steinway Mansion

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Brownerstoner Queens
September 25, 2013

The Friends of Steinway Mansion are hosting a music festival to help raise funds to purchase the landmarked Astoria home. The mansion, built in 1858 for the Steinway family, has been on the marketfor years. Local activists hope to purchase the home and turn it into a cultural attraction and education venue for the Greater Astoria Historical Society and the Artisans Guild of America. According to the Daily News, they need $1,900,000. The proceeds from the eight-event music festival, starting this Saturday, will go toward that purchase. The performances are all scheduled for venues near the mansion — check out all the details here.

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In the News: Astoria group sets music fest in bid to raise $2M to buy historic Steinway Mansion

The performances — beginning Saturday at the SingleCut brewery a few blocks from the mansion — will be held at venues near the landmark house. Melodic rockers Dru Cutler And The Heart & Hand Band will play the opening set.

BY IRVING DEJOHN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

PUBLISHED: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013, 9:07 PM

A group of local activists and artists will launch an eight-event music festival on Saturday, marking the opening bars of their bid to buy the historic Steinway Mansion on 41st St.

It’s the first stanza in a fast-tempo symphony to save a historic Queens house.

A group of local activists and artists will launch an eight-event music festival on Saturday, marking the opening bars of their bid to buy the historic Steinway Mansion on 41st St.

“We’re raising the community’s awareness on the treasure of this building and the incredible past that it represents,” said Bob Singleton, founder of the Friends of Steinway Mansion.

The Friends of Steinway Mansion has already garnered the support of local elected officials and the piano makers, but still needs to raise $1.9 million to buy the house

Singleton’s group has already garnered the support of local elected officials and the piano makers, but still needs to raise $1.9 million to buy the house.

The group shelled out cash to become a registered non-profit — but the slate of events represents its first concerted fund-raising push, members said.

The home is a city landmark, which means it can’t be torn down, but the future of the sprawling interior will depend on who purchases the property.

The performances — beginning Saturday at the SingleCut brewery a few blocks from the mansion — will be held at venues near the landmark house. Melodic rockers Dru Cutler And The Heart & Hand Band will play the opening set.

Subsequent gigs will feature jazz crooner and poet DeeAnne Gorman, who’ll play at Rest-au-Rant in October, Singleton said.

“This is going to be a continuous thing until we purchase the mansion,” Singleton said. “This place should be saved.”

The group wants to make the mansion and cultural attraction and education venue for his group the Greater Astoria Historical society and the Artisans Guild of America.

The mansion, originally a summer home for the family of piano manufacturers, has been owned by the Halberian family since 1924.

Michael Halberian lived in the mansion his whole life until he died at age 83 in 2010. After his death, the contents of the home were auctioned off and the property, put up for sale.

The estate’s executrix, Michele Kazarian, previously told The News that she wants to see the home preserved — but cannot afford to keep it due to the high cost of maintenance and its tax bill.

The home is a city landmark, which means it can’t be torn down, but the future of the sprawling interior will depend on who purchases the property.

Singleton’s group wants to make the mansion and cultural attraction and education venue for his group the Greater Astoria Historical society and the Artisans Guild of America.

Kazarian could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

For information, visit SteinwayMansion.org.

Friends of Steinway Mansion Music Festival kickoff at SingleCut Brewery, 19-33 37th St. in Astoria, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.

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In the News: Music Festival Will Raise Funds to Restore Astoria’s Steinway Mansion

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By Jeanmarie Evelly on September 24, 2013 12:47pm

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DITMARS — A group trying to buy and restore the sprawling Steinway Mansion is turning to the very thing that made the landmarked Astoria building famous in the first place — music.

The Friends of Steinway Mansion will kick off a series of live concerts beginning Saturday to raise awareness and funds to turn the former home of the famous piano-making family into a museum and community space, the group announced.

“Using music to raise awareness for the plight of the Steinway Mansion was frankly a no-brainer,”  Bob Singleton, executive director of Greater Astoria Historical Society, said in a statement.

“The Steinways revolutionized modern music and modern New York,” he continued. “The Steinway Mansion Music Fest pays homage to both legacies and appropriately launches our fundraising effort to save the Mansion.”

The 27-room villa, which sits atop a hill at 18-33 41st St., was built in the 1850s and was home to the Steinway family from the end of the 19th century until 1925. It was declared a New York City landmark in 1967, and has been up for sale for the past several years.

The Friends of Steinway Mansion want to open the building up to the public and estimate they will need around $5 million to purchase the house and its surrounding grounds, and then another $4 million to restore it.

The group is appealing to local residents, businesses, corporations and politicians to help them in their mission, and the music festival aims to help them get publicity for the cause.

The concert series will start Sept. 28 at Astoria’s SingleCut Beersmiths at 19-33 37th St.with a rally and march to the nearby mansion taking place at 6 p.m., followed by a performance from The Dru Cutler and The Heart and Hand Band at the brewery at 8 p.m.

Concerts will continue through October and November at different bars and venues throughout Astoria, with a total of nine shows planned. The events are free, with donations to The Friends of Steinway Mansion accepted.

 

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Action Item: Calling All Friends!

To all friends & supporters of saving the Steinway Mansion!

Tuesday, September 17th @ 7pm is the Queens Community Board 1 meeting.  Preceding the meeting, at 6:30pm is a capital/expense budget public hearing . This is the time for community members to give suggestions for projects or city services that should be included in the Board’s fiscal year 2015 budget submission

— A great opportunity to suggest capital funding to save the mansion! —

You can also make suggestions to District Manager Lucille Hartmann via email at lhartmann@cb.nyc.gov by Sept. 24th.

Please consider attending and/or sending an e-mail showing your support for saving this historic home for the community!

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