The annual symposium allows teachers, musicians, charitable donors, and local not-for-profits to visit with students and members of the community to discuss the state of arts education in Santa Barbara. This important program provides the foundation for creating better, more productive programs in the future. More education outreach initiatives include collecting instruments for needy students, grants to community programs that wish to benefit from the resources at the Santa Barbara Bowl, and scholarships for college students studying the performing arts. The foundation also funds a children’s program at Cottage Hospital and many in-school and after-school programs, particularly in neighborhoods affected by the concert season at the Santa Barbara Bowl. The Notes for Notes program aims to provide students with free instruments and music lessons, and a large volunteer committee facilitates this education outreach, notes Kenny Slaught.
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