Golden Gate Performing Arts Inc., better known as the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC), first sang on the steps of San Francisco City Hall at an impromptu vigil the day Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were killed in 1978. Over the past thirty years the Chorus has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, released 19 albums and become the pre-eminent cultural organization in the Bay Area’s LGBT community. Comprised of 200 singers aged 18-80 (some nurtured through SFGMC’s GLAM Youth Choir and others selected through an annual open-audition), the chorus performs 9 major concerts each year at venues ranging from Davies Symphony Hall, to the Pride Celebration’s Mainstage, and at 50+ community events from senior citizen centers, public schools and the pitcher’s mound at AT&T Park. Chorus members, under the direction of Dr. Kathleen McGuire since 2000, rehearse weekly to perform a diverse repertoire including classical oratorios, updated Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, the Elton John songbook and campy interpretations of holiday standards. One of several dozen bay area gay and lesbian choirs, the SFGMC brings professional instruction and training to an arts group made up of amateurs and, through their del Castro ensemble, presents chorale music by and for San Francisco’s Spanish speaking gay community. First time funding for the SFGMC will bolster organizational capacity by securing the services of their first full time executive director (Mr. Teddy Witherington, hired in 2007), and enabling him to solicit more foundation support, currently making up a very modest 8% of the organization’s annual $750,000 budget. (New, $180,000/3; 5% of program budget)
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170 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
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for general operating support
Golden Gate Performing Arts, better known as the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, comprises 300 volunteer singers who appear at major concert halls and community events an average of 30 times each year. The chorus and its four ensembles, each with its own conductor, perform for more than 25,000 people each year. With renewed general operating support, the organization will continue to incrementally grow its staff, pilot an education program, and mark its 40th anniversary in 2017, as it undertakes a tour of six southern states that have major discriminatory laws aimed at the LGBTQ community.
for general operating support
Golden Gate Performing Arts, better known as the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC), comprises 250 volunteer singers aged eighteen to eighty who perform at major concert halls and community events ranging from Davies Symphony Hall to the Pride Celebration’s Mainstage. During the proposed grant period, SFGMC will engage more young people and more people of color in the group’s work, increase earned revenue, grow its endowment, and deepen its music education programming in San Francisco public schools.