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Hahn Hall Renovation & Campus Improvements

For Music Academy of the West

In 2008, the Hind Foundation granted $100,000 to the Music Academy of the West to contribute to the $15.5 million Hahn Hall renovation. Completed in 10 months, Hahn Hall was inaugurated at the start of the Music Academy's 61st annual Summer School and Festival in June 2008. The renovated hall features seating for 350, outstanding acoustics, and a host of top-flight audience amenities and facility upgrades. The Hahn Hall was the centerpiece of a broader campus makeover, which included a widened main driveway, new lighting, and landscaping that replicated the campus' original design.

Noteworthy Outcomes
•    Award-Winning Recognition

The Hahn Hall was recognized by Santa Barbara Beautiful with their prestigious President’s Award in September 2009. "The President's Award is one of our premier honors," said Santa Barbara Beautiful President, Kerry Methne, "The Music Academy's forethought and stewardship in providing this outstanding venue for the performance arts is deserving of community recognition."

•    International Recognition
The improvements to the Hahn Hall helped internationally recognize the Academy as a premier summer schools for gifted young classical musicians.

•    Continued Revenue
During the non-summer months Hall host MET HD Live and the facility is opened to 37 peer organizations who are eager to host their performances in the acoustically exceptional hall.

“Thanks to the Hind Foundation and other generous donors, the Hahn Hall’s acoustic and programmatic improvements now offers a venue that properly hosts the talents of our fellows and faculty, while also providing a resource for 37 peer organizations.”
~Scott Reed, President
Music Academy of the West


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Area of Funding: Music & Visual Arts
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $100,000
Year Funded: 2008
Year Completed: 2008

About the Organization
Music Academy of the West
1070 Fairway Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 969-4726

Since 1947, the Music Academy of the West has been making a unique and enduring comntribution to the world of music.  It is dedicated to advancing the development of gifted young classical musicians and classical music professionals through a unique combination of intensive personal instruction, educational programs and performance opportunities, all of the highest quality at its ocean-side Santa Barbara campus. 

The Music Academy of the West is among the nation's preeminent summer schools and festivals.  The Academy cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually, many of them free of charge. These include performances by faculty, visiting artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera.