Hind Foundation Networking

Hind Hall Teaching Studio Building

For Music Academy of the West

In 2016, the Hind Foundation granted $4,400,000 to Music Academy of the West to construct Hind Hall, the Academy's new, state-of-the-art Teaching Studio Building at its world-renowned campus in Santa Barbara, CA. This leadership grant closes out funding for the Academy's comprehensive $17.5M Finale project, completing the Academy’s facility master plan that was conceptualized in 2000.

Conceived and designed with year-round use in mind, the 5,972 square foot structure will house two large ensemble rehearsal rooms – the Gondos String Quartet Studio and a fully-equipped percussion ensemble room – as well as six large faculty teaching studios. These rehearsal spaces will be utilized by the Music Academy throughout the Summer Festival and by the community during the nonsummer months. Hind Hall will feature the latest in distance learning technology, a new central courtyard, a redesigned loading dock to increase accessibility to and from Hahn Hall, and temperature-controlled storage space for instruments and general campus use. The building will open summer 2017, as a part of the Music Academy of the West’s 70th anniversary season.

Noteworthy Outcomes

Beyond A Building 
Upon completion of this final phase, the Academy will qualify as an All-Steinway Institution, achieving a long-standing strategic goal.

Area of Funding: Music & Visual Arts
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $4,400,000
Year Funded: 2016
Year Completed: 2016

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.