Community Music Center

ZFF is celebrating 60 years

The foundation has awarded its first Legacy Grant of the year to support CMC’s capital campaign. CMC has purchased the neighboring building to its Mission District branch and concert hall, and is now developing a fully renovated, expanded campus to improve the quality and reach of its services. The new campus will double teaching capacity; add performance spaces, community meeting rooms, and a recording studio; and provide campus-wide accessibility. The new campus will expand CMC’s ability to serve the community, and advance its efforts to demonstrate the value of arts education long into the future.

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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.