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4 Ways Your Donation Supports the Symphony

Enjoying a fantastic night at the Symphony is really just one facet of our organization. We want to change lives through music — and that includes all lives in San Diego County. We are a nonprofit organization and when you donate to the Symphony, you’re supporting us in our mission to change lives through music. Here are just 4 ways we use your donations to support our mission:


  1. Programming and musicians

The Symphony’s 82-person orchestra is one of the best in the country and we’re able to attract these highly qualified and talented musicians by offering them competitive salaries. These musicians aren’t just performing on stage at the Copley Symphony Hall every weekend — they are also mentoring budding musicians in our community, offering music lessons and performing concerts for those who may not be able to attend a concert.


  1. Community engagement

Being a resource in our community is one of the Symphony’s guiding values. We offer workshops and programming to everyone in our community: from underserved children, women in correctional facilities and the general public. Most recently, the Learning and Engagement department developed a community drum circles program where the Symphony offered free, interactive drum circles throughout San Diego County for everyone. These drum circles were a spot where the community could come together over the love of music in a public place.


  1. Free community kinder concerts

We offer free family concerts in various places in our community. These are family-friendly concerts where the Symphony travels to you and puts on a concert for children who may otherwise not see a Symphony concert. Most recently, the Symphony developed a sensory-friendly concert with flexible seating and lighting for children with sensory sensitivities and last year, the Symphony offered its first interactive concert in Spanish. These concerts are in community places such as the Sherman Heights Community Center and your support helps cover the cost of bringing these special concerts to the heart of where they are most needed.


  1. Buses for Young People’s Concerts

Local schools, from elementary to high school, have the opportunity to come to the Jacobs Music Center to see a Symphony concert and learn about music. We offer these concerts at a low cost to schools, but your support goes toward the transportation of bringing the children to the Jacobs Music Center. For most of these children, it is their very first time stepping foot inside the Jacobs Music Center.


These things would not be possible without the generosity of people like you. When you make a new or increased gift of $100 or more to the San Diego Symphony now through June 30, the impact you make will be tripled by an anonymous donor. As a way to say thank you for supporting the Symphony, we will also extend an invitation for you to meet Rafael Payare when he returns in January 2019 to make his debut as Music Director Designate with your San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

We are changing lives through music and with your support, the sky is the limit!

If you have questions or would like to make an impact on your community through making a gift today, please contact Paige Kobdish, Annual Fund Manager at 619.615.3901 or gifts@sandiegosymphony.org.

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