Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
For two weeks each summer, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music celebrates new works by living composers, bringing more than 10,000 people to its series of concerts, open rehearsals, and educational programs. In addition, the organization produces the annual Church Street Fair, which features the work of Santa Cruz County performing and visual artists and draws more than 14,000 people. During the grant period, the festival will continue its core programming, pursue new strategies to grow local audiences, and build on the excitement surrounding new artistic director Cristian Macelaru’s inaugural 2017 season.
About the Grantee
147 South River Street Suite 232, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060-4556, United States
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for general operating support  
The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is recognized nationally as one of the finest music festivals devoted primarily to twentieth- and twenty-first-century American music for orchestra. The organization presents an annual summer festival for contemporary music that draws more than 3,000 audience members to Santa Cruz, along with some of the world’s most renowned composers, musicians, and conductors. During the grant period, Cabrillo plans to expand its commissioning program, continue expanding engagement opportunities for audiences, and increase contributions from individual donors by targeting campaigns and hiring additional staff for fund development.
for general operating support  
The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, in Santa Cruz, is dedicated to new and contemporary music from diverse musical traditions. The organization provides concerts, regularly premiering new works, and serves aspiring composers and musicians with music education and professional development workshops. Each year, the festival reaches 24,000 audience members and another 10,000 through media broadcasts. This grant to the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music supports the Performing Arts Program’s Continuity and Engagement strategy through the Innovative Works component.

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