Friend of the Freight - Membership & Donations

Whatever it is that feeds you, there’s nothing like the joy of experiencing live music with others.  And no place does live music like the Freight.

Music is meant to be a shared experience. Here at the Freight, we are building a community of musicians, audiences, students, and teachers who have come together because of our shared love of the spirit and evolution of this musical tradition.

Thanks to our generous donors we are able to present over 320 performances and nearly 300 classes and workshops a year – a variety of opportunities allowing all of us to explore the music that makes up our diverse musical traditions.

What happens here requires your continued support. Ticket sales only cover part of the cost of presenting great music. In order to provide the quality music experience you love, we must rely on your generosity – to help us preserve the vitality of our shared musical heritage so that it may be enjoyed by you and future generations of music lovers to come.

The Freight is a special place for audiences and artists’s a place where we maintain that live connection to the music, stories, cultures, and characters that enrich our lives.  

The Freight belongs to all of us.  Please do your part by making a gift today, and together we will continue to discover and enjoy this rich legacy of traditional music for many years to come.  Thank you in advance for your support.


Donor Levels & Premiums

$50 – Priority mailing of the Freight calendar
$100 - Benefits of $50 donation plus discount card; $2 off two tickets per show, 10% discount on Freight classes and workshops
$300 or $25/month - Benefits of $100 donation plus $50 gift certificate good toward purchase of concert tickets or other Freight programs
$500 or $42/month – Benefits of $100 donation plus $100 gift certificate good toward purchase of concert tickets or other Freight programs
$750 or $63/month – Benefits of $500 donation plus invitation to donor appreciation house concerts
$1,000 or $84/month – Benefits of $750 donation plus copy of the CD Live From the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse-Woody Guthrie's American Song

Make giving to the Freight easy by paying your donation over 12 months
Monthly giving is easier on your budget and will provide the Freight with a steady source of income throughout the year.

Here's how it works:

  • Commit to an automatic monthly credit card donation in the amount you choose. (minimum donation $25/month or $300/year)

  • After your initial payment, your credit card will be automatically charged at the beginning of each month for the following 11 months.

  • For tax purposes, you'll receive an acknowledgment after your first and last payments

If you would like to make a monthly gift, contact Susan Lefkowich at (510) 644-2020, ext. 114 or email

To become a member, renew, or give a gift membership today:



Make a gift of stock
If you own stock, it is sometimes "tax-wise" to contribute stock rather than cash. A gift of appreciated stock generally offers a two-fold tax advantage. You avoid paying capital gains tax on the increased value of the stock, and you receive an income tax deduction for the full fair market value at the time of the gift. Please contact us for more information.

Recognize someone special with a tribute gift
Honor someone special—or someone whose memory you hold dear—by giving a gift in his or her name to the Freight. Whether it be a friend or a family member, your generous gift expresses a genuine commitment to traditional music. Tell us who you would like to receive notice of this tribute gift, and we'll send a personalized card to them in your name. Please contact us for more information.

Provide for the Freight with a planned gift
Planned giving refers to bequests, other estate gifts, and other deferred gifts and provides for your legacy of support. Planned giving has a good degree of flexibility and can leave a legacy of support for traditional music and a vibrant community arts organization.Please contact our development department for more information at 510-644-2020, x114, or email

We are grateful for the many volunteers that help out the Freight. Please contact us for details of how you can volunteer.

Support the Freight and make a gift today.

Freight & Salvage Calendar of Events

Listen to sample tracks from upcoming artists.