Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music, operating as the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, provides concerts, music instruction, and participatory programs for more than 80,000 people each year. Specializing in folk, traditional, and world music, it offers classes and concerts nearly every evening each week at its 440-seat facility in Berkeley. Renewed funding will enable the organization to maintain a diverse roster of educational and performance programs, increase ticket sales, and formalize an annual festival and guest curator program to further diversify its artistic offerings and audiences.
About the Grantee
2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94702, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for the 2021 50 Arts Commissions for folk and traditional arts
In recognition of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative supports the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional works of performing arts. This grant will support Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music, better known as Freight and Salvage, in developing and presenting “Woven Verses: Poetic Resistance and Resilience,” a song cycle set to historical and contemporary Iranian texts. Lead artist Mahsa Vahdat will focus the performance on her escape from persecution in Iran and eventual exile from her homeland.