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Artist Series Concerts FRIENDS

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 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! The gala will be held at Laurel Oak Country Club on Thursday, March 21, 2024. 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 2022, FRIENDS has raised nearly $450,000 to support Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota!

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 Meetings

Please join us in the first floor conference room of the Center for Arts and Humanity located at 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Meetings are 10 a.m. to noon.


Thursday, October 12, 2023
Thursday, November 9, 2023
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Thursday, February 8, 2024
Thursday, April 11, 2024 - Annual meeting to elect FRIENDS Board of Directors


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, our member newsletter is informative, colorful, and published five times a year and is mailed to each member. It is filled with details about upcoming Artist Series Concerts FRIENDS meetings and events. Click here to read the latest edition of ACCENTS.

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For further membership information, please get in touch with FRIENDS Membership Chair Helen Beljean at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


FRIENDS encourages you to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.

Please email FRIENDS President Mary Ellen McMahon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..