Great big grant for LA Master Chorale

More than $2.5mil has been granted to the Los Angeles Master Chorale by the Perenchio Foundation over the course of multiple years. This is the largest gift in the organization’s history.

A peek into the world of opera, La Bohème and the Opera Buffs

The Los Angeles Opera Buffs have impressed us again, this time with a stunning concert performance of Puccini’s La Bohème. At Zipper Hall at the Colburn School in Downtown Los Angeles, almost every seat was taken in the audience and onstage. While “the Buffs” have been hosting showcases and scenes for more than twenty years, … Read more

Org your org with a colorful tech tool

I tripped over Airtable on Facebook the other day, and have been playing around with it to see if it might help small arts organizations do something that for many, seems very mysterious:  making sense of their staff structure.  It is, after all, the start of the new season, and plenty of folks in the … Read more

Laguna Beach Live! gets outreach grant

Arts outreach is alive and well in Laguna: this is the kind of doable grant that can work wonders for small nonprofits, and we love to cheer them on. Congrats to Laguna Beach Live! — keep up the good work!   Press release follows. Festival of Arts Foundation grant helps Laguna Beach Live! extend outreach … Read more

Big gift for LA Master Chorale

Longtime LAMC patrons David and Kiki Gindler have tipped the scales again, donating a cool $1mil to the world-class choir for a second time. [Do at least three paragraphs.]   Press release follows. LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE ANNOUNCES A $1 MILLION GIFT FROM KIKI & DAVID GINDLER Philip A. Swan Appointed Chair of the Los … Read more

New NEA grant to San Diego Opera for Kahlo/Rivera project

What happens when artists fall in love? When it’s Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera… fireworks! And then plenty of stories to tell.  San Diego Opera has received special funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to help tell one of those tales, with a $25K grant for a new opera entitled The Last Dream … Read more

County approval spurs on a new plaza for the Music Center

artist's conception of new plan

The iconic downtown space will soon get a $30 million facelift, increasing ADA accessibility, presenting options, and dining options for visitors.  A new welcome center will make it easier for visitors to get information about the various theaters and amenities at The Music Center, and the changes are projected to double current capacity, allowing space for … Read more

Creative fundraising hits the holidays at LBO

Let’s hear it for the rare innovative approach to end-of-year fundraising! Rather than the usual annual “beg letter” or other hallowed techniques,  Long Beach Opera is launching their own twelve days of holiday cheer, with daily drawings, big prizes and dozens of chances to make donating fun. For every donation of $5 or more during the … Read more

Summer reading

Whether you’re vacationing, preparing for the new school year or just getting through the summer heat, this is a very good time of year to bone up on what’s going on in the arts world. Take a look at what you’re reading the rest of the year, too:  does your Feedly list need an update? … Read more

New name for VPAC with a big gift

From the “in case you missed it” file…  The grand performance venue at California State University, Northridge has been known as the Valley Performing Arts Center since it opened in 2011.  While student many productions have been priced out of the venue in recent years, due to restrictions on venue use and departmental budgets, the … Read more

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