SF Friends of Chamber Music is a ten year old service organization providing fiscal sponsorship, educational and networking support for chamber music groups in the Bay Area, estimated to number nearly 200. The SF Friends of Chamber Music operates on a $150,000 annual budget with one full time staff and a board made up of members of leading San Francisco arts organizations including Hewlett grantees such as the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet and the Cypress Performing Arts Association. While Hewlett, and other major Bay Area arts funders provide project and operating support to a few chamber groups the vast majority of local ensembles have budgets that fall below the eligibility threshold for most foundations. To address the need for the emerging and small-budget chamber ensembles to meet artist, organizational, and professional development expenses the SF Friends of Chamber Music seeks to disburse 32 grants annually (22 at $1500 and 10 at $3000) grants annually for a 2 year pilot period. The re-granting program is modeled after Theater Bay Area’s CA$H program (underwritten by Hewlett), and will make funds available to individuals and ensembles that are located in the nine-county Bay Area region, have annual budgets of less than $100,000, have a minimum history of two performances in the past two years and seek support for a clearly defined project aimed at bringing the applicant to a new level of achievement. Grant applications will be reviewed by a five member panel of experts and it is expected that 40% of awarded groups/individuals will be based in San Francisco and at least 40% in eight Bay Area counties outside SF.
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Grants to this Grantee
for the Musical Grant Program
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music is a ten-year-old service organization providing fiscal sponsorship and educational and networking support to chamber music groups in the Bay Area. This grant would support the organization’s small grants program, which supports emerging and small-budget chamber ensembles across the Bay Area meet their artistic, organizational, and professional development needs. It is important to note that San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music has a broad definition of chamber music that embraces small music ensembles performing jazz, folk, and other genres and styles of music. With renewed support, the organization plans to continue to conduct its Musical Grants Program and maintain the geographic and genre diversity of applicants and recipients.
for general operating support
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music is a Bay Area arts service organization supporting performers, composers, and presenters who engage in chamber music, new music, genre bending composition, and jazz. Through a performance series and festival, fiscal sponsorship, professional development training, and small grants, the organization enables the music community to achieve sustainable careers, and provides audiences opportunities for innovative music experiences. With continued support, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music will increase its grantmaking and workshops, expand its festival to two days, and build its internal capacities, working with a consultant to rebrand the organization and develop a new strategic plan.
for general operating support
InterMusic SF, formerly San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, is a Bay Area arts service organization supporting performers, composers, and presenters engaged in chamber music, new music, genre bending composition, and jazz. Through a performance series and festival, fiscal sponsorship program, professional development training, and small grants, the organization enables musicians and composers to achieve sustainable careers, and provides audiences with opportunities to experience innovative music.