Impact & financials

Sun Valley Music Festival—a transformative, inspiring force in Sun Valley—and beyond

Throughout the year, the Festival shared the joy of creating music with the community, providing opportunities for people from all walks of life to listen, learn, and play. The Music Institute, in partnership with Blaine County schools, offered instruction in piano, voice, and strings throughout the year. In February, Grammy-winning violinist Jennifer Koh, pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, and Festival Orchestra musicians delighted audiences for the 4th annual Winter Season at the Argyros Performing Arts Center. In the spring, musicians teamed up with educators to visit classrooms throughout the Wood River Valley, focused on increasing student enrollment in music programs. Students during the summer came from across the country to study and perform, all while the Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary. And the 38th Summer Season featured three weeks of performances in our gorgeous, outdoor alpine setting, with a stellar lineup of guest artists and the Festival Orchestra.

Over 56,000 people enjoyed Festival programming this year. While numbers tell part of the story, the smiling faces and joyful memories of those who participated tell the remainder, and this year’s Annual Report includes both.

*Economic impact statistics courtesy of Sun Valley Economic Development

2022 Annual Report

Watch highlights from this year’s Winter and Summer Seasons below. The videos are also available to watch within the Annual Report booklet or from the Festival’s YouTube page at

Statistics from the year

More statistics available in the Annual Report booklet above

Over 56,000 participants
enjoyed Festival programming this year, including concerts, education programs, and other opportunities to listen, learn, and play.

Over 1,200 people
enjoyed winter programming, including four performances and several education events.

Over 53,000 people
attended 26 summer performances.

2 new works
were unveiled, including Kevin Puts’s Contact, a co-commissioned concerto featuring Time For Three.

9,403 people
attended the Pops Night performance and post-concert Lawn Party, making it the Festival’s second largest concert ever.

419 students
participated in Festival education programs, in the summer and year-round.

Thank you!
Of course, the concerts and education programs exist only because of Festival supporters who value bringing free music into the lives of children and adults in the community. It’s an orchestrated effort, with support from concertgoers, volunteers, Housing Hosts, donors, and more bringing the music to life each year. With sincere gratitude, thank you for a memorable year of music!

To access the Sun Valley Music Festival’s financial statements, please click on the links below:

2018 Form 990
2019 Form 990
2020 Form 990
2021 Form 990


October 31, 2019 Audited Financial Statements
October 31, 2020 Audited Financial Statements
October 31, 2021 Audited Financial Statements
October 31, 2022 Audited Financial Statements