We hope you will join SCCYS Community Champions today to assure that music remains accessible to youth as active participants and audiences despite the devastating budget cuts to school music programs. With your help, we will expand and provide:

  • The highest quality symphonic orchestral training
  • Resources and programming in cooperation with our county schools
  • Private lessons and tuition assistance for bright, capable, and dedicated young musicians
  • Access to low- or no-cost symphony performances

Visit our Donate page, where we outline the giving levels and benefits for the Community Champions.

President Obama’s committee on Arts and the Humanities conducted an in-depth review of the condition of arts education. Their landmark study, Reinvesting in Arts Education, clearly showed the link between arts education and achievement in other subjects. All forms of arts—from music to photography to dance—prepare children for success in the workforce, not simply as artists, but in all professions. In his foreword to the report, Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education stated:

“Education in the arts is more important than ever. In the global economy, creativity is essential. Today’s workers need more than just skills and knowledge to be productive and innovative participants… To succeed today and in the future, America’s children will need to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative.”
Despite many compelling studies, music education has remained a low priority in our schools, and must compete with many other programs for funding. In response to the overwhelming evidence showing the connection between music education and success in both academics and adult life, we are excited to introduce the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony (SCCYS) Community Champions Program. We would like to enlist the help of local businesses to ensure that young musicians from all backgrounds have the opportunity to grow and nurture their musical talent.The Community Champions Program is a critical element to our plans to further strengthen our organization and expand our programming to reach under-served communities. We’re asking community leaders like you to make a bold commitment and support SCCYS activities with a generous donation. Visit our Donate page, where we outline the giving levels and benefits for the Community Champions.
“Music gives soul to the universe
wings to the mind
flight to the imagination
and life to everything”
— Plato