San Francisco Conservatory of Music

For General Support

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) was founded in 1919 and today is the peer of the Juilliard and the Curtis Institute in training gifted young musicians for careers as professional performing artists. In 2006 the Conservatory relocated from its facility in San Francisco’s Sunset District to a dazzling new building in San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood. Four hundred collegiate students, and 550 K-12 preparatory students received instruction and performance opportunities in the $65 million building’s world class concert halls, a music library and instrument-specific practice rooms, and classrooms (one named in honor of William and Flora Hewlett). Under the leadership of Colin Murdoch the $12 million organization has built a $34 million endowment and a $4.5 million scholarship fund, enabling 88% of students to receive some form of financial aid (Still, the average graduate today leaves the Conservatory with $27,000 in debt.). The Conservatory is also a premier venue for public presentation of high-quality classical music. Approximately 450 concerts and recitals take place annually before 25,000 patrons. The Conservatory of Music is truly one of the ‘best in class’ institutions in the Hewlett Performing Arts portfolio and ongoing support will further programmatic objectives to promote artistic excellence and advancement in music education.
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50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102-6011, United States
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for general operating support  
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music educates its students to become excellent artists and generate successful careers in the ever-changing arts environment. It offers bachelor of music, master of music, and professional studies degrees for 400 students. Each year it presents 500 concerts, most of which are free of charge, to more than 32,000 people. The extension divisions and community outreach programs reach an additional 12,000 people each year. Under the leadership of its new president, renewed funding would support the institution’s plans to expand its curricular offerings, faculty, and student body; increase endowment support; and advance its plans to build a facility to house the majority of its students.
for general operating support  
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music provides its students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of musical and intellectual disciplines, in addition to receiving dedicated training in their chosen specialty. The Conservatory’s Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and professional studies degree programs reach 400 students each year. In addition, the Conservatory presents 500 concerts and master classes, most of which are free of charge, to more than 25,000 people.

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