Update on Members Affected by Wildfires and Helpful Resources

Monday, December 18, 2017

We send our thoughts and prayers to our members affected by the wildfires in Southern California (Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties). We will update this feed as we learn more from our members. Also, we will share resources with those in need and ways you can help.

Santa Barbara Symophony

We have been dealing with the Thomas Fire and a significant chunk of the city of Santa Barbara entered into voluntary evacuation yesterday. This area included the Symphony office. While the air is much better today they do not anticipate lifting any evacuations until after we get hit with another wind event on Wednesday. The office is in the heart of downtown and they do not believe their will be any more problems tomorrow as the fire crew is working around the clock to get things in order in the hills.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ojai Music Festival

"First, many thanks to those of you who have reached out to us during these last 48 hours. I am very happy to report that all the staff is safe, and there was no damage to their homes or to our office.

Our Ojai and Ventura County communities are experiencing loss and devastation from the Thomas Fire. Our thoughts are with all of our Ojai area neighbors, and with those who are tirelessly serving and supporting the affected communities.

Due to the unpredictability of the fires and still potentially dangerous situation, the Festival office is closed. We aim to resume normal business hours on Monday, December 11."

New West Symphony

"Our community is in crisis, with fires blazing throughout Ventura County. In particular, the schools and families, with whom we have grown so close through The New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, have been hit particularly hard. Our Harmony Project office in Ventura is closed, but our Thousand Oaks office remains open, and if there is any way we can help, please call us at 805.497.5800. We are sending love and prayers to all our friends and community members whose homes are threatened or lost."

Other Members

We have heard from Conejo Vally Youth Orchestra, Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, and Werth-It Consulting that their staff and board members are currently safe.

Resources for those Affected

ArtsReady is your cultural organization’s online source for readiness resources, and a web application that can make disaster planning easy.

IRS (the IRS on providing disaster relief to affected employees)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sending our thoughts and prayers to our members affected by the wildfires in Northern California. Here is some information shared by members in Northern California. Also find resources to share with those in need and ways you can help.

Santa Rosa Symphony

Unfortunately the North Bay/Santa Rosa firestorm is and remains a very serious and fluid situation.

Staff-wise and musicians, everyone is safe though many have had to evacuate, as have I, to safer areas, waiting to hear about our homes. We are tremendously saddened that at least one staff member, a musician and several board members have lost their homes.
Our offices remain closed as our phone system and internet remain down, so I am emailing you remotely.

So deeply sorry that I had to cancel the Monday night concert. Fortunately we were able to communicate cancellation to musicians and help those who needed to get back into the Green Music Center to get their instruments. GMC is safe from fire. Thankfully guest conductor and our soloist Joyce Yang were safely taken to SF. The Luther Burbank Center, our other venue, has been damaged but I understand the main hall remains intact.

So in all honesty it is a surreal situation still unfolding. Grateful for the outpouring of support.

Eventually we will come together and persevere. Until then we are looking to take care of each other.

Alan Silow, president & CEO
Santa Rosa Symphony

Music in the Mountains

Due to Cal Fire needing to set up a command post and fire camp at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the Lobo Fire, Friday night's concert "Brahms First Symphony" has moved to the Don Baggett Theatre @ Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Rd, Nevada City. Advance tickets will be honored.

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Theatre

Our thoughts are with the Napa Valley and surrounding communities as we continue to experience wildfires. We have received a number of inquiries and want to update everyone - Lincoln Theater has been fortunate and has not sustained any damage. However, our hearts go out to those who have been affected across many North Bay counties.

Napa Valley Youth Symphony

With the continued unpredictability of the fire situation, we will be cancelling this Sunday's scheduled concert. Everyone take care of yourself and we'll make music together soon.