Open Sky Music Festival "Blues at the Lake" in Big Bear Lake, California
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  Open Sky Music Foundation, Inc.
  Looking to the Future through Music Education

Keeping a focus on American cultural music through education is the goal of The Open Sky Music Foundation, Inc. This 501(c)3, non-profit California Corporation that produces the annual Open Sky Music Festival, conducts workshops for students of all ages at various public schools in the Big Bear area.

Through donations and funding from the Richard K. Bates and Nancy Meyer Living Trust, the foundation develops strategies in conjunction with organizations such as Boosey & Hawkes, The Verve Music Group, and Arts Council of Big Bear Valley to keep music in the classroom.

The foundation presents free workshops, making music education a unique and enjoyable experience for area students. Past programs have included a songwriting workshop, a big band workshop with Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts for the high school jazz ensemble, a percussion workshop for elementary students in the Rainbow Kids after school program and various “blues in the schools” performances. The foundation brings together students and musicians in a performance/lecture format ensuring a meaningful experience for attendees. Workshop subjects have included “The Art of Communication,” and “Self Expression through Music.” A music library of 50 CD’s by classic American jazz artists was also donated to the Big Bear High School jazz studies program.

In addition to presenting “heritage music in the mountains” through the Open Sky Music Festival, the foundation has a commitment to keeping performing arts in the schools by providing educational experiences for the students of Big Bear valley with an emphasis on music.

Past Sponsors
Union Bank of California • Arts Council of Big Bear Valley • Julius Keilwerth Saxophones • The Verve Music Group

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