San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    12 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
FROM PREVIOUS GRANT: The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players presents five concerts each year featuring the music of late 20th and 21st century composers, bringing together leading local musicians and acclaimed composers to present pieces of adventurous music that are frequently so challenging that few other ensembles in the United States can perform them. To make the obscure (if not entirely unknown) music accessible to its audiences, the organization precedes each concert with a "Contemporary Insight" lecture/performance the day before a work is performed. At these sessions, eminent musicologists, the group's music director, and the artists themselves walk audience members through a featured piece of music. During the past grant period, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players' longtime executive and artistic directors both left the organization, as did a number of board members. The organization, which is heavily dependent on contributed income, also experienced significant declines in institutional and individual contributions. Renewed support would enable the organization to conduct a search for a new artistic director, undertake a strategic planning process, grow its board, and strengthen its fundraising efforts.
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101 California Street, Suite 2710, San Francisco, CA, 94111, United States
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for general operating support  
Led by artistic director Steven Schick, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players presents the infrequently performed music of 21st- and late-20th-century composers. Its ensemble is made up entirely of union musicians, who are guaranteed a professional wage, pension, and a minimum level of paid work. Each year, the organization presents seven concerts and two community events for approximately 2,000 people. Renewed funding will help the organization maintain the quantity of its programming, while continuing its efforts to increase and diversify its audience.
for general operating support  
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players presents the infrequently performed music of 21st and late 20th century composers through five subscription concerts each year. To encourage more people to experience the adventurous genre of new music, it also occasionally offers large-scale, easier-to-understand public events; educational programs; and a series of smaller concerts with lectures. The organization reaches a total of 2,100 people annually. Renewed funding would support the forty-year-old organization’s efforts to refine its programming, diversify its income, and expand its board.

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