VOLUNTEERISM is defined as the policy or practice of performing a service willingly and without pay using one’s time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in the surrounding community.

ARTIST SERIES CONCERTS FRIENDS provides essential volunteer support to the activities and projects of Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota while offering its members a nurturing, rewarding and positive volunteer experience. FRIENDS provides both hands-on and financial support to the activities of Artists Series Concerts of Sarasota’s with particular emphasis on its scholarships, outreach programs and community arts collaborations.

In addition to the many support services volunteers provide to Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, FRIENDS comes together to support its major fundraising event of the year – the GALA! Historically, the proceeds from this event have supported ASC’s Annual Student Scholarship Competition. With increased success the funds now include support for ASC’s community outreach and other programming.  Since beginning its fundraising in 2009, as of June 2017, FRIENDS has raised nearly $300,000 to support Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota!

Our annual gala for 2019 is Thursday, April 11, at Michael’s On East ballroom. Tickets are $175, and the theme is “Eyes to the Future.” For details and an invitation, call 941.306.1202 (M-F, 10a-4p).

If you enjoy meeting people who appreciate:

  • The opportunity to volunteer and share their collective talents and passion for Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

  • Classical and popular music

  • Supporting promising young musicians

  • General meetings that include professional entertainment, refreshments, and opportunities to build real friendships

  • Enhancing Sarasota’s well-earned reputation as one of the nation’s arts centers

Then Artist Series Concerts FRIENDS is for you!

Friends Meeting

WHEN: September 14, 2018; November 30, 2018; January 18, 2019; February 22, 2019; April 19, 2019

TIME: 10 a.m. - Noon

WHERE:  1226 N Tamiami Trail (between 12th and 13th Streets) in Sarasota; Arts and Humanities building. First floor conference rooms.

WHAT: Meet and connect with other music lovers! Each meeting includes a short business meeting, time for refreshments and socializing. Each meeting concludes with a short program of live professional entertainment.


Assisting with Artist Series Concerts Scholarship Competitions and Community Outreach programs, Artist Series literature distribution and office support, assisting at Artist Series Concerts and FRIENDS events, and much more.


Bimonthly meetings and newsletter, periodic emailed reminders, name badge, membership directory, special events. And, most importantly, knowing that you are using your time, interests, and skills to benefit a great organization and our exceptional community.

ACCENTS member newsletter is informative, colorful, and published six times a year and mailed to each member. It is filled with details about upcoming Artist Series Concerts FRIENDS and events, FRIENDS meetings and events.

Click here to download a recent issue.

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Click here to download a Membership Brochure

For further information, please contact:

FRIENDS Membership Co-Chairs, Diane Weeghman or Ann Gray


Contact ASC Friends

FRIENDS encourages you to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. Please contact us through the following:

To contact the FRIENDS president, David Chivas, email: FRIENDS@artistconcertseries.org