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The Annual Fund

Building a future where exceptional talent thrives

Music Academy Friends and Council Membership

Supporting not just great musicians, but great leaders.

Comprising nearly 50 percent of the Music Academy’s annual budget, the Annual Fund is an imperative stream of revenue that provides assistance to every aspect of our operations. Gifts to the Annual Fund directly support:

  • Eight-week Summer School & Festival where more than 140 fellows come to the Miraflores Campus each summer to receive world-class training and nearly 200 performance opportunities to hone their artistry
  • Teaching and guest artists who inspire the fellows
  • Unleashing the creativity of our fellows and alumni to blaze new trails in classical music and beyond through our Innovation Institute
  • The year-round SING! program, a free, after-school choral initiative that is open to students in 1st through 6th grades in Santa Barbara County.
  • Most importantly, knowing that you are supporting a bright future for classical music!

Consider joining the Friends of the Music Academy or becoming a member of the Council of Contributors with a gift of $2,500 or more.  In appreciation, we offer you exclusive benefits and privileges for the year ahead, all designed to honor your membership support and enhance your experience with the Music Academy.

There Are So Many Ways to Give

Explore a selection of donation options below to select the best choice for you. Your support means so much to our staff, our fellows, and our community!

Donor Benefits

Listed below are the exciting benefits we extend to our valued annual fund donors, including exclusive orchestra rehearsal sit-ins, champagne pre-concert receptions, and private performances.

Friend of the Music Academy Donations $50 – $2,499

Academy Fan donor benefits include

  • FanFare newsletter
  • Festival Guidebook acknowledgement

Orchestra Member donor benefits include

  • FanFare newsletter
  • Festival Guidebook acknowledgement

Principal Chair donor benefits include

  • FanFare newsletter
  • Festival Guidebook acknowledgement
  • Invitation to one Academy Festival Orchestra closed rehearsal

Concertmaster donor benefits include

  • FanFare newsletter
  • Festival Guidebook acknowledgement
  • Invitation to two Academy Festival Orchestra closed rehearsals

Soloist donor benefits include

  • FanFare newsletter
  • Festival Guidebook acknowledgement
  • Invitation to two Academy Festival Orchestra closed rehearsals
  • Invitation to Vocal Institute auditions
  • Conductor donor benefits include

    • FanFare newsletter
    • Festival Guidebook acknowledgement
    • Invitation to two Academy Festival Orchestra closed rehearsals
    • Invitation to Vocal Institute auditions
    • Invitation to Academy Festival Orchestra pre-concert champagne receptions

Council of Contributors Donations $2,500+

Council donor benefits include

  • Priority ticketing and seating at all Academy performances – each level receives priority over the preceding level
  • Invitations to:
    • Council-exclusive performance by a celebrated alumni artist
    • donor-exclusive Academy Festival Orchestra pre-concert champagne receptions
    • Vocal Institute auditions
    • two Academy Festival Orchestra closed rehearsals
  • Personalized donor-concierge services by Academy administration
  • Advanced picnic table reservations for Picnic Concerts in all campus gardens

Premier Council donor benefits include

  • Invitation to a curated conversation with a faculty or guest artist or conductor
  • Priority ticketing and seating at all Academy performances – each level receives priority over the preceding level
  • Invitations to:
    • Council-exclusive performance by a celebrated alumni artist
    • donor-exclusive Academy Festival Orchestra pre-concert champagne receptions
    • Vocal Institute auditions
    • two Academy Festival Orchestra closed rehearsals
  • Personalized donor-concierge services by Academy administration
  • Advanced picnic table reservations for Picnic Concerts in all campus gardens

Luminary Patron donor benefits include

  • Masterclass dedicated to you or an honoree of your choice
  • Priority ticketing and seating at all Academy performances – each level receives priority over the preceding level
  • Invitations to:
    • Council-exclusive performance by a celebrated alumni artist
    • donor-exclusive Academy Festival Orchestra pre-concert champagne receptions
    • Vocal Institute auditions
    • two Academy Festival Orchestra closed rehearsals
    • Invitation to a curated conversation with a faculty or guest artist or conductor
  • Personalized donor-concierge services by Academy administration
  • Advanced picnic table reservations for Picnic Concerts in all campus gardens
  • Early ticket access and priority seating for the Summer Festival

75th Anniversary Hope Diamond donor benefits include

  • Acknowledged as a Diamond-level donor
  • Co-sponsor a scholarship for a 2022 fellow NEW!
  • Invitation to the 75th Anniversary President’s Reception at the start of the Summer Festival NEW!
  • Priority ticketing and seating at all Academy performances – each level receives priority over the preceding level
  • Invitations to:
    • Council-exclusive performance by a celebrated alumni artist
    • donor-exclusive Academy Festival Orchestra pre-concert champagne receptions
    • Vocal Institute auditions
    • Invitation to a curated conversation with a faculty or guest artist or conductor
    • two Academy Festival Orchestra closed rehearsals
  • Personalized donor-concierge services by Academy administration
  • Advanced picnic table reservations for Picnic Concerts in all campus gardens
  • Early ticket access and priority seating for the Summer Festival
  • Masterclass dedicated to you or an honoree of your choice

Scholarship Patron (Taylor-Burton Diamond) donor benefits include

  • Fully sponsor the scholarship for a 2022 fellow
  • Summer Festival performance dedicated to you or an honoree of your choice
  • Acknowledged as a Diamond-level donor
  • Invitation to the 75th Anniversary President’s Reception at the start of the Summer Festival NEW!
  • Priority ticketing and seating at all Academy performances – each level receives priority over the preceding level
  • Invitations to:
    • Council-exclusive performance by a celebrated alumni artist
    • donor-exclusive Academy Festival Orchestra pre-concert champagne receptions
    • Invitation to a curated conversation with a faculty or guest artist or conductor
    • Academy Festival Orchestra closed rehearsal
  • Personalized donor-concierge services by Academy administration
  • Advanced picnic table reservations for Picnic Concerts in all campus gardens
  • Early ticket access and priority seating for the Summer Festival
  • Masterclass dedicated to you or an honoree of your choice
  • President’s Circle (Star of the West Diamond) donor benefits include

    • Teaching artist sponsorship opportunities
    • Invitation to attend salon recitals hosted by the Music Academy’s President and CEO
    • Opportunity to sit onstage among the fellows during an Academy Festival Orchestra rehearsal
    • Acknowledged as a Diamond-level donor
    • Invitation to the 75th Anniversary President’s Reception at the start of the Summer Festival NEW!
    • Fully sponsor the scholarship for a 2022 fellow
    • Summer Festival performance dedicated to you or an honoree of your choice
    • Priority ticketing and seating at all Academy performances – each level receives priority over the preceding level
    • Invitations to:
      • Council-exclusive performance by a celebrated alumni artist
      • donor-exclusive Academy Festival Orchestra pre-concert champagne receptions
      • Vocal Institute auditions
      • Invitation to a curated conversation with a faculty or guest artist or conductor
      • two Academy Festival Orchestra closed rehearsals
    • Personalized donor-concierge services by Academy administration
    • Advanced picnic table reservations for Picnic Concerts in all campus gardens
    • Early ticket access and priority seating for the Summer Festival
    • Masterclass dedicated to you or an honoree of your choice

    $200 goods and services

Leadership Circle (Earth Star Diamond) donor benefits include

  • Opportunity to sponsor a teaching artist or subscription series
  • Reserved parking on the upper campus near Hahn Hall at all Music Academy events
  • Acknowledged as a Diamond-level donor
  • Invitation to the 75th Anniversary President’s Reception at the start of the Summer Festival NEW!
  • Fully sponsor the scholarship for a 2022 fellow
  • Summer Festival performance dedicated to you or an honoree of your choice
  • Teaching artist sponsorship opportunities
  • Invitation to attend salon recitals hosted by the Music Academy’s President and CEO
  • Opportunity to sit onstage among the fellows during an Academy Festival Orchestra rehearsal
  • Priority ticketing and seating at all Academy performances – each level receives priority over the preceding level
  • Invitations to:
    • Council-exclusive performance by a celebrated alumni artist
    • donor-exclusive Academy Festival Orchestra pre-concert champagne receptions
    • Vocal Institute auditions
    • Invitation to a curated conversation with a faculty or guest artist or conductor
    • two Academy Festival Orchestra closed rehearsals
  • Personalized donor-concierge services by Academy administration
  • Advanced picnic table reservations for Picnic Concerts in all campus gardens
  • Early ticket access and priority seating for the Summer Festival
  • Masterclass dedicated to you or an honoree of your choice

$200 goods and services

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