Future Forward Campaign

The Ojai Music Festival is a creative laboratory for musical innovation. At the Festival each year, we create new works, launch artists’ careers, start musical conversations, and weave together music, performers, and an engaged and loyal audience in the enchanting Ojai Valley. The alchemy of the Ojai Music Festival is recognized and respected nationally and internationally at a level that far exceeds its size or resources.

This summer, we’re launching the Future Forward Campaign – the first in our 75-year history – to expand our reach and secure our future.

We invite you to seize this moment and join us in shaping the future of contemporary music. Your support will honor our legacy of musical innovation, push creative boundaries, and build our capacity to serve a wider audience.

Join us in inventing the Future.

Artistic Excellence Fund











Encountering today’s most exciting artists in an intimate setting is the heart of the Festival experience.  The Artistic Excellence Fund will give our Music Directors and our Artistic Director enhanced support to plan new works, invent new experiences, and take the Ojai Music Festival wherever their imagination leads. 

Artistic Directors have shaped the Festival’s iconic music experience that defies comparison and receives worldwide acclaim. Your investment gives the Artistic Director the freedom to plan bold initiatives and be the creative laboratory that impacts the contemporary classical music world regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Each year the Festival program is curated by the Artistic Director in collaboration with a guest Music Director. This special partnership is the Festival’s signature – offering artists a creative opportunity that is unmatched anywhere else. Your support allows each Music Director to dream big and bring those imaginings to fruition at the four-day Festival and in concerts, talks, and digital offerings during the year.

The Festival draws on the talents of emerging artists, musical pioneers, composers, performers, and ensembles, creating transcendent music.  Your investment enhances the Festival’s capacity to engage leading artists and ensembles from Southern California and around the world to perform at the Festival and in year-round programs.

Creative Laboratory Fund










Presenting new work is one of the things the Ojai Music Festival does best. The Creative Laboratory Fund will give Festival artists greater freedom to experiment by providing additional funding for commissions, special projects, and the workshops and rehearsals needed to deliver performance-ready work at the Festival and beyond Libbey Bowl.  As we look to the future, we envision a greater digital presence for the Festival, as well as enhanced programming throughout the year.

New music is central to the Festival. Commissioning nurtures composers of today, adding to musical conversation and trajectories that go far beyond Ojai.  Your support makes new work by today’s most exciting composers possible.

Special projects go beyond traditional Festival offerings in terms of staging, commissioning or engaging artists not typically associated with a music festival. Your donation supports artistic collaboration, workshops, and rehearsals needed to realize the vision of today’s composers, artists, and choreographers and bring it to live performance.

The spirit of Ojai is meant for sharing. Livestreaming and digital offerings help shine a light on the artists and creativity of the Festival far beyond Libbey Bowl. Your support improves production values and funds special digital projects that strengthen and amplify the generative process of the Festival.

Events with Festival composers, musicians, and artists deepen appreciation and understanding for contemporary classical music and draw new enthusiasts. The Festival’s dream is to expand its presence, taking on a more prominent role in the Southern California music scene. Your support funds artists and production costs to bring Festival-generated projects to other cities. It also supports collaborations with arts partners to develop and share work throughout the year.











The BRAVO program brings musical enrichment programs to students in K-12 schools in Ventura County, along with free community performances, artist residencies, and arts mentorship funding for college students as they begin their artistic careers. Building the BRAVO Fund will expand the presence of the Ojai Music Festival in local high schools, grow our internship program, and support more free community events.

BRAVO fills a gap in public school music education for Ojai’s youth that would not otherwise be available. BRAVO is the only music program offered in TK-3 grades at all public elementary schools in the Ojai Valley. Your support allows the Festival to include two additional elementary schools in Oak View as well as providing funding for more artist residencies – touching more young lives with quality music education.

Your investment will expand BRAVO to include secondary grade students in the Ojai Valley. This expansion provides chances for Ojai’s public-school students to deepen their musical knowledge and experience, providing opportunities to pursue music and arts in college and developing a life-long love of the arts.

Each year we launch post-secondary students into life-long careers with real-world experience from our competitive, nationwide Arts Management Internship Program. Your support will give the Festival the capacity to compensate our interns at a level that matches their skills and contributions, to provide temporary housing and transportation in Ojai, and to allow them to engage with us year-round through mentorship programs and projects.

Free pop-up concerts in local Ojai businesses, parks, trails, and senior centers, enfold our community into the joy of live concert music. Sharing and making these experiences accessible builds connection, community and fuels partnerships and collaboration. Your investment allows the Festival to plan and implement community offerings each year.

Making a Legacy Gift









A planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support for the Ojai Music Festival while achieving your own philanthropic and financial goals. Planned gifts to the Future Forward Campaign will build the Festival’s endowment, ensuring essential support for current performances while strengthening the Festival’s capacity for artistic risk-taking. Your planned gift will ensure that the Ojai Music Festival will continue to thrive for future generations of Festival enthusiasts and music lovers.

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To discuss your gift with us, please contact Anna Wagner,
Director of Philanthropy at (805) 646-2094, or [email protected]

Ojai Festivals, Ltd.
A 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID 95-2122508
P.O. Box 185, Ojai, CA 93024