The San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM) is an arts service organization that provides fiscal sponsorship, and educational and networking support for Bay Area chamber music groups, estimated to number nearly 200. While the Hewlett Foundation 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 below the eligibility threshold for most foundations. To help emerging and small-budget chamber ensembles across the Bay Area meet their artistic, organizational, and professional development expenses, SFFCM has developed a program to provide twenty $3,000 grants annually to this cohort. SFFCM has successfully attracted applicants (90 percent with annual budgets less than $60,000); recruited a high-quality peer review panel with diverse aesthetic expertise; and ensured that the funds reach a wide range of artists. With renewed support, SFFCM would extend this program for another twenty months and increase performance opportunities for chamber musicians.
About the Grantee
InterMusic SF 135 Main Street, Suite 1140, San Francisco, CA, 94105, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
InterMusic SF supports the professional and artistic growth of Bay Area musicians and the art of small ensemble music. Its programs include grants, fiscal sponsorship, professional development, and performance partnerships, and serve individual musicians and small ensembles practicing diverse traditions. The organization typically awards 20 to 30 grants each year, and provides fiscal sponsorship services to more than 100 artistic projects. Support for InterMusic SF supports the Performing Arts Program’s Artists strategy.
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.