The James Irvine Foundation has announced 52 recipients of grants that support a variety of opportunities “for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society.” Among the arts recipients are San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, for its New Musicians Initiative and For Music All Together Now, a series of large-scale public music performance by ethnically diverse musicians. SFCP will use the grant to support projects such as Lisa Bielawa’s 800-musician Crissy Broadcast in October 2013 at San Francisco’s Crissy Field. (The Spring issue of Symphony magazine previews Bielawa’s work along with similar projects.) Also receiving grants are the Stern Grove Festival Association, for a mobile “pop-up” arts festival offering concerts and intergenerational family art-making opportunities for underserved and ethnically diverse San Francisco neighborhoods; San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival, to support opportunities for low-income and ethnically diverse community members to perform collaboratively in nontraditional venues; and the San Bernardino Symphony Association, for a festival of Latino music to engage diverse Latino audiences.

Posted June 28, 2013