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New foundation aims to inspire and support music education in OC & beyond

Freshly launched Music Preserves Foundation's mission is to inspire greater understanding and appreciation for music and provide cultural opportunities and music and arts education year-round.

The highly anticipated MUSIC PRESERVES FOUNDATION launched in Dana Point in time for the music festival season. The mission of the foundation is to inspire and educate the community through the preservation and presentation of music. The newly-formed foundation inspires appreciation for music by creating impactful music and arts programs at music festivals, in the schools and year-round in the city through curation and presentation of lectures, art exhibits, music performances, educational programs and cultural collaborations.

For over 20 years, the City of Dana Point and California State Parks have hosted music festivals at Doheny State Beach and other locations, including the Doheny Blues Festival, Ohana Festival and Driftwood Festival among others. Legendary artists from the genres of blues, rock, jazz, country, alternative and soul music have come through Dana Point to perform. This history of supporting music and welcoming a variety of musical genres to town has made the City of Dana Point the epicenter of music in South Orange County.

Music Preserves Foundation co-founders Patti Compton and Anthony Small.

Patti Compton, recent Public Relations Director for Omega Events and music history buff created the idea of building a music foundation in Dana Point to capture the magic of the music played at the festivals and transform it into year-round enrichment for the community. Compton is proud to be launching a foundation to broaden the reach of the music. “The foundation provides valuable music and arts education and cultural learning opportunities for local students and the community,” states Compton. “Music is about connection and there is a great opportunity to capture the allure of the music that flows through Dana Point and use it to create educational opportunities and forge greater connection and understanding through music.”

Anthony Small, Dana Point Arts and Culture Commissioner, and local musician is co-founding the foundation with Compton. “Providing music education to the community and encouraging artists has been a passion of mine for years and I am excited by this opportunity to enrich the lives of the people of Dana Point and South Orange County on a larger scale,” insists Small. “Working with city officials and community members to bring this idea to fruition has been a great honor. The support for Music Preserves Foundation demonstrates the commitment to providing year-round cultural
opportunities.” The strategic relationships developed with city officials, festival producers, musicians and other key players over the years by both Compton and Small serve as an important advantage when it comes to the launch of the foundation.

Festival producers have partnered with Music Preserves Foundation to give back to the community, Doheny Blues Festival founder, Rich Sherman of Omega Events, is looking forward to the partnership. “Having experienced working with Patti and Anthony in the past, I am excited to see the foundation unfold and partner with them at the Doheny Blues Festival to develop a creative educational component at the festival.”

Music Preserves Foundation will host a music history education stage at the Doheny Blues Festival and also bring students backstage to meet and be
inspired by musical artists. Festival producers, John and Elenie Reese of Synergy Global Entertainment are committed to giving back to the community and partnering with Music Preserves Foundation at their events at Doheny State Beach. “It is an integral part of our mission that we support nonprofits and make a difference. We look forward to creating unique opportunities for students and the community through our partnership with Music Preserves Foundation.”

The education programs will be delivered to students through a partnership with the Capistrano Unified School District. Amy Hanacek, CUSD board member, states “We are overjoyed by this unique opportunity to ignite our students’ passion for music through our partnership with Music
Preserves Foundation.”

Dana Point Mayor, Joe Muller, is serious about providing greater music and arts education in the city, “I’d like to congratulate Music Preserves on their hard work, and for building significant partnerships in Dana Point and I encourage our community to support them. Music is a huge part of
Dana Point’s identity. Music is an art form that builds analytical skills and then allows one to express them creatively. For Music Preserves to combine that with exciting opportunities to learn about our history from a unique perspective is truly forward thinking.”

Music Preserves Foundation programs include two main strategies, each developed to accomplish a strategic goal aligned with the mission of the foundation.

Youth Education Program: Educates students about the history of American music and the cultural history of the United States to inspire a deep understanding and a lifelong appreciation for music.

  • Youth Immersive Storytelling educating about the history of American music and the cultural history of the United States
  • Backstage Opportunities inspiring students by one-on-one time with artists
  • Educational Camps providing youth with in-depth music history to foster greater understanding and a lifelong appreciation for music and the arts
  • Scholarships will be awarded to students who aspire to study music as musicians or music historians

Cultural Enrichment Program: Provides exposure to all types of music, art and cultural collaborations for the community year-round to foster greater understanding and connection.

  • Music Events include a series of curated acoustic concerts with historical context and cultural collaborations
  • Art Events comprised of art and photography exhibits and documentary film series
  • Ongoing Education provided year-round through artist and historian interviews, oral histories and live performances
  • Blues and Jazz Series highlighting the originators of unique American art forms

MORE INFO: www.musicpreserves.org

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