The Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music operates the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, a 440-seat LEED-certified concert hall that presents folk, roots, blues, and world music six nights a week. In 2010, the organization completed its $11 million capital campaign, supported in part by a $1 million grant from the Hewlett Foundation in 2006, and presented 300 shows to 50,000 attendees this year. In addition to its live music presentations, the Freight conducts onsite music classes for 700 students.
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.