Musical Arts

Musical Arts Programs – The Arts Council is developing new musical arts programs. Listed below are some of these programs. CLICK HERE to indicate in an email your interest in any of them, or wish to help inaugurate a new one.

Pianos in Public – Santa Barbara does it on State Street, and other cities around the world have placed pianos in public places for passers-bye to play to their hearts content. Google this topic to see the range of locations where pianos have been located. Often the donated up-right pianos are painted by artists before their public appearances. When they have outlived their usefulness, other artists have been known to use various parts of the pianos for other artful purposes.

Our program first took hold when Café on A in downtown Oxnard agreed to host a donated piano and put it to good use. The Council is seeking other “hosts” or “care-takers” for future pianos. These could be a business, and individual, or organization that will manage the piano and put it to productive public use.   Pianos might be hosted by a school and moved about the campus, or by a City and brought out for public events. Pianos left outside need special attention and covers to endure the elements. The Arts Council believes it can locate suitable pianos, but also needs “hosts’, piano movers and tuners to make the program hum.

High School Music Grants – This program was started in 2013 using funds provided by The Collection in Oxnard (a large commercial shopping complex off Hwy 101). Since the funds grew out of musical performances staged at the Collection, it felt the funds donated to the Arts Council should benefit high school music programs throughout the County. The Council partnered with another non-profit organization (Musicians On A Mission California – MOAMCA) to develop a grants program for the high schools. CLICK HERE to be connected to more information about this grant program.

Gifting Musical Instruments – Musicians On A Mission California (MOAMCA) (a non-profit partnering with the VCAC in the High School Music Grant Program) accepts instruments and finds them new homes. What does one do with your grandfather’s trumpet or a daughter’s violin if they are no longer being used? Often these instruments sit around gathering dust and become damaged. Sentimental attachments also make it hard to give them away or sell. Musicians On A Mission California welcomes donations of usable instruments, including ones that need minor repairs. They then distribute them to individuals as well as school music programs where they are used by deserving young musicians. A good quality instrument encourages youth to participate in music. Some instruments have storied histories. These have been documented and given to the receiving school or individual. For instance, a trumpet that was played in the Pasadena Rose Parade was donated to MOAMCA is now in the inventory of a local high school band program. To donate a musical instrument contact MOAMCA at www.moamca.org

Consider Donating any amount to our Music Programs.