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Innovation & Sustainability Campaign

The Music Academy has been a leader in providing high-level training opportunities for the most promising young classical music artists in the world for 73 years. Today, the reach and impact of our mission is rapidly expanding along with our year-round programs such as the Summer School and Festival, our Sing! after-school choral program (free for schools and children), the Innovation Institute, international recital tours, a partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra, and  screenings of The Met: Live in HD.

The Music Academy recently launched a comprehensive Innovation & Sustainability fundraising campaign designed to meet the organization’s evolving needs, and to ensure generational longevity for all of its vital mission-driven programs.


FORTIFY THE GENERAL ENDOWMENT through cash and irrevocable estate gifts to secure the full-scholarship program, all year-round special activities, and the Music Academy’s annual operations for generations to come...


ANNUALLY FUND PHASE 2 OF THE SING! CHILDREN’S CHOIRS, which currently serve 90 students virtually from nearly 30 Santa Barbara County schools. Future plans include growing the program in size and scope to serve all areas of the county.


ANNUALLY FUND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ACADEMY’S INNOVATION INSTITUTE — a year-round curriculum designed to train and mentor fellows and alumni to be innovators in the classical music industry and to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills through programs such as the Alumni Enterprise Awards, Fast Pitch Awards, and annual Innovation Residential.

A curated list of once-in-a-lifetime legacy giving opportunities—such as endowed full scholarships and endowed faculty chairs and artistic programs—have been established to recognize donors who contribute to the campaign through outright cash gifts and irrevocable estate disclosures.

For additional campaign information or to review a list of Legacy Naming Opportunities please contact Jonathan Bishop, Chief Advancement Officer, at or 805-695-7915.

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