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Institutional Giving

Many family, local and national foundations place a high priority on arts and culture programs like those offered by San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.

Institutional gifts dramatically enhance our ability to further our vision of making “music education accessible and affordable for all” and represent a major component of our fundraising efforts.

You may sit on the board of directors for a foundation. Maybe you serve in an advisory role to a family, local or national foundation. Your assistance in alerting us to a foundation whose interests and priorities align with our work is greatly appreciated.

The types of activities we seek grant funding for include:

  • The Community Opus Project, in partnership with the Chula Vista Elementary School District, which serves over 300 students directly through after school programs and has led the effort to convince the district to restore arts education to the regular school day curriculum for over 30,000 Chula Vista students.
  • Our Casa de Amistad program in Solana Beach that offers strings instruction to elementary school students for whom English is a second language.
  • Private lessons and coaching for our conservatory and community musicians.
  • Our consulting projects involving strategic Visual and Performing Arts planning with school districts in San Marcos and City Heights to assure quality music education experiences for their students.
  • Acquisition of instruments for musicians in Community and Conservatory programs.
  • Learning Exchanges and Forums to share information about our models and learn from others to further the vision of making “music education accessible and affordable for all.”

By partnering with San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, foundations, corporations and government agencies can make a significant and measurable impact on the community.

To make an introduction or get more information on becoming a funding partner, please contact Institutional Giving manager Jane Merrill at or call (619) 233-3232 x200.

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