Carlsbad Music Festival Celebrates 10 Years!

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Carlsbad Music Festival is presenting its 10th anniversary festival of “adventurous music by the beach” from Sept. 20 to 22. The annual event is a 501 c(3) nonprofit that supports adventurous music. Each September, the most interesting and compelling musicians and composers across genres are invited to town to perform, create and collaborate. Last year, the event hosted 35 performances over the course of the festival weekend drawing over 3,000 attendees.

Organizers are delighted that the festival has become both a community event that brings people together to explore adventurous music and an organization that is a nationally significant facilitator and presenter of some of the most interesting creative music being made today.

9156020901_3edeff1a0c_zThe festival was founded in 2003 by composer, Matt McBane, in his hometown of Carlsbad and has evolved in such a positive way over the past decade. “We’ve commissioned 15 pieces from some of the most interesting young composers from around the world, including many for our Founding Ensemble-in-Residence, the Calder Quartet. We’ve presented the West Coast premieres of several important pieces, and the West Coast debuts of many young ensembles and composers who have gone on to wider acclaim. We were awarded the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. And we’ve been praised in the press with the LA Times calling the festival “magnificently enlightening,” the Union-Tribune calling it “phenomenal” and KPBS calling it “one of the area’s most innovative music showcases,” shared Linnea Searle, Marketing and Development Manager for the festival.

It takes a lot of resources to put on the festival each year, including the performance and transportation fees for musicians who travel to perform, commissioning fees for new works, three year-round part time staff members, and the production expenses in mounting the festival including production staff, and venue and instrument rentals. Organizers are asking for assistance and donations to make the festival a true community event. Pledging to their campaign will ensure that the festival will continue to bring amazing, adventurous music to Carlsbad, with many free performances in addition to paid concerts including the Village Music Walks, concerts in Magee Park, and educational outreach events in the Carlsbad schools. Keeping these events free and open to all is not possible without the generous support of community members. All donations are tax-deductible. To learn more, visit