Why give

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

—William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene 1


For the last thirty-eight years, twenty-eight of them under the baton of Maestro Alasdair Neale—the best musicians from around the country, in collaboration with soloists and guest artists from around the world, have brought the joy of live music, unfolding against a spectacular backdrop, to residents and visitors of Sun Valley.

And with the introduction of the Winter Season in 2019, there are even more opportunities to engage with music—across a range of genres.

In tandem with these live concerts, two robust education programs—one year-round, one in the summer months—give young musicians opportunities to make music an ongoing part of their lives while honing their craft and developing their musical sensibilities.

But what is probably the most valuable and special about the Sun Valley Music Festival is that all these programs are free of charge. Whether one sits in the Pavilion, picnics on the lawn with children and dog in tow, or sings in a middle school vocal ensemble, the Festival experience is accessible to all; free for all to enjoy.

Of course, the Festival and allied education programs aren’t actually free to produce: they are supported by a dedicated group of donors who give generously to make sure everyone can enjoy this truly unique coming together of music and nature possible.

Whether you give $35, $150, or $12,500, you make the Sun Valley Music Festival possible.  And we heartily thank you.

Examples of programming your donation supports

Pays for a private music lesson for an aspiring young student

Buses a student choral group to perform at an assisted living facility

Tunes the Festival’s concert grand piano

Buys a violin the Festival will loan to a young student

Flies a musician to Sun Valley

Sponsors a Music Institute master class with a Festival Orchestra musician

Provides housing for a student in the Music Institute Advanced Chamber Program

Brings a musician to Sun Valley for the summer season

Brings a musician couple to Sun Valley for the summer season

Helps bring a guest artist to perform

Underwrites an orchestra concert

Underwrites a major project (e.g., Mahler 2)

The Sun Valley Music Festival is a tax-deductible charitable organization.
Federal Tax ID: 82-0397940

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