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Historic Main House Renovation

For Music Academy of the West

In 2014, the Hind Foundation awarded a $1,000,000 grant to the Music Academy of the West to support the renovation of its Historic Main House on the world-renowned Music Academy campus in Santa Barbara, California. The Historic Main House project marks the third and final phase of the Academy’s transformative campus renovation plan. Renovation work includes internal seismic retrofit; renovation of outdated electrical and plumbing infrastructure; reconfiguration and renovation of administrative work spaces to improve functionality and efficiency; renovation of Baja Studios, a defunct suite of practice studios in the basement of the Main House; and period restoration of doors, windows, walls, and fixtures.

Noteworthy Outcomes

•    Preserving Historical Character
As with the design and construction of the first two phases of the renovation, this project is undertaken with an eye towards the historic character of the building while ensuring it is ready to serve the Academy, and its constituencies, for the next 100 years.

•    Transforming Experiences
The transformation of the Historic Main House will significantly improve the building’s physical infrastructure and functionality and enhance the experiences of the 140 Fellows who attend the Music Academy every summer.

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Area of Funding: Historical Landmark Restoration
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $1,000,000
Year Funded: 2014
Year Completed: 2015

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.