Annual Giving & Donor Benefits

Investing in classical music’s impact & future

As a Music Academy donor you have the opportunity to expand the way you experience 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.

Please contact Director of Individual Giving and Donor Relations Janey Campbell to inquire about donor opportunities.

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Donor Benefits

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.

Festival of Friends

Donations $50 – $2,499

Academy Fan - $50+

Academy Fan donor benefits include

  • FanFare newsletter
  • Festival Guidebook acknowledgement

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Orchestra Member - $100+

Orchestra Member donor benefits include

  • FanFare newsletter
  • Festival Guidebook acknowledgement

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Principal Chair - $250+

Principal Chair donor benefits include

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

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Concertmaster - $500+

Concertmaster donor benefits include

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

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Soloist - $1,000+

Soloist donor benefits include

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

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Conductor - $1,500+

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

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Council of Contributors

Donations $2,500+

Council - $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

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Premier Council - $3,500+

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

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Luminary Patron - $5,000+

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

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75th Anniversary Hope Diamond - $7,500 +

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

Taylor-Burton Diamond (Scholarship Patron) - $10,000+

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
    • 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

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President’s Circle (Star of the West Diamond) - $15,000+

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

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Leadership Circle (Earth Star Diamond) - $25,000+

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

Donate