Posted on March 23, 2016
Since 1921, San Francisco’s Community Music Center (CMC) has made music accessible to all people, regardless of their financial means. Through afterschool and outreach programs, private lessons and free classes, and workshops and community performances, CMC enriches the lives of students of all ages and economic levels. Last year 2,400 students, from toddlers to students in their 90s, studied under CMC’s faculty which includes noted professional artists, Grammy Award-winning musicians and nationally recognized teachers.
CMC reflects the diverse cultural richness of the Mission and Richmond Districts, where CMC operates its headquarters and a branch facility. Students, teachers, and internationally recognized guest artists are featured in hundreds of concerts each year, held in CMC’s intimate concert hall and at partnership sites throughout the city. Last year, more than 20,000 music lovers attended performances and events.
ZFF has partnered with CMC for over twenty years, supporting programs like the award-winning Young Musicians Program that offers free, comprehensive music education to local youth. YMP includes a student leadership component, encouraging teens to give back to the community and act as role models, leaders and ambassadors.