Annual Giving & Donor Benefits

Support the Future of Classical Music

Your investment in the Music Academy will support transformative educational opportunities for our Fellows through our full-scholarship training program – a commitment that provides free tuition, room, and meals to every Academy Fellow. Your generosity will also enrich the cultural landscape of the Santa Barbara community by supporting our annual Summer Festival of 210 extraordinary events, of which half are completely free to the public.

Donor Benefits

As a Music Academy donor you have the opportunity to expand the way you experience music. Attend behind-the-scenes rehearsals, on-campus vocal auditions with Marilyn Horne, and many other exclusive events and receptions not available to the general public.

Listed below are the exciting benefits we extend to our valued annual fund donors.

Festival of Friends

Academy Fan, $50-$99

  • Program Book acknowledgment
  • Music Academy newsletter 

Orchestra Member, $100-$249
All of the above, plus:

  • Opportunity to purchase Festival and Met: Live in HD tickets before the general public

Principal Chair, $250-$499
All of the above, plus:

  • CD featuring musical highlights from the 2015 Festival

Concertmaster, $500-$999
All of the above, plus:

  • Invitation to a closed working rehearsal

Soloist, $1,000-$1,499
All of the above, plus:

  • Invitation to the voice program auditions with Marilyn Horne and select faculty in Dec 2016
  • Private tour of the Music Academy’s historic Miraflores campus

Conductor, $1,500-$2,499
All of the above, plus:

  • Invitation to a donor-exclusive champagne reception at all Academy Festival Orchestra concerts at the Granada Theatre 

Council of Contributors

Council of Contributors, $2,500-$4,999
All of the above, plus:

  • Personalized donor concierge service throughout the year
  • Priority ticketing and seating at all Academy performances
  • Invitation to the spring Council Reception & Summer Preview
  • Invitation to a Council-exclusive performance featuring a celebrated artist
  • Invitation to participate in the Compeer Program

Luminary Patron, $5,000-$9,999
All of the above, plus:

  • Masterclass dedicated to you or an honoree of your choice
  • Priority ticketing and seating at all Academy performances in advance of Council of Contributors ($2,500- $4,999) members and the general public

Scholarship Patron, $10,000-$14,999
All of the above, plus:

  • Name a full scholarship and sponsor a fellow in the department of your choice
  • Premier Festival performance dedicated to you or an honoree of your choice

President's Circle, $15,000-$24,999
All of the above, plus:

  • Faculty sponsorship opportunities
  • Invitation to attend in-home recitals hosted by the Music Academy president
  • Onstage rehearsal experience with a 2016 guest conductor

Leadership Circle, $25,000-49,000
All of the above, plus:

  • Faculty, visiting artist, and subscription series sponsorship opportunities
  • Reserved parking at all on-campus Met: Live in HD and Festival events

Visionary, $50,000-$99,999
All of the above, plus:

  • Select faculty, visiting artist, and subscription series sponsorship opportunities 

Impresario, $100,000-$199,999
All of the above, plus:

  • Premier faculty, visiting artist, and subscription series sponsorship opportunities