The San Diego Symphony Tuesday announced that it has received a $1.1 million donation from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and Sycuan Casino Resort. The gift funds the The Future is HEAR campaign and provides operational support for the symphony’s many wide-ranging artistic and community programs.
“From their early generosity toward our former ‘Bayside Summer Nights’ outdoor concert series to the newest partnership that will benefit our community programs,” said San Diego Symphony CEO Martha A. Gilmer in a statement. “the Sycuan Band has always been a vital partner for this orchestra. Together, we are building greater access to cultural experiences in our region.”
“Through the Kumeyaay spirit of giving, it is very important for us to invest in all aspects of our community, especially arts and culture,” said Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Chairman Cody Martinez. “We are very proud of our longstanding partnership with the symphony and look forward to being a part of the different musical events and experiences that they continue to bring to life for the San Diego community.”
The Future is HEAR campaign supports the San Diego Symphony’s artistic and community programs, including construction of a state-of-the art, year-round, outdoor, waterfront venue and Public Park along the Embarcadero.
In recognition of the gift, the symphony will establish the Sycuan Community Plaza at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. Sycuan will be the lead sponsor of the Symphony’s Music Connects program providing access to musical experiences for the San Diego region, including free neighborhood concerts and free performances in hospitals, senior residences and other community centers
Discounted symphony tickets will be made available to Sycuan employees and tribal members, and discount packages for casino amenities will be available to the symphony’s constituents.