EIN 95-2122508

Ojai Music Festival

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The Ojai Music Festival is an annual classical music festival in the United States. For four days every June, the festival presents music, symposia, and educational programs emphasizing adventurous, eclectic, and challenging music.
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Ojai Festivals
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In february 2020, the covid-19 pandemic was beginning to ravage our country and potential lockdowns became expected to slow the pandemic from spreading. As the festival staff and board of directors monitored the crisis, it became increasingly clear that it was not viable to hold an in-person festival as the pandemic worsened. The board of directors made the painful but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Ojai music festival.to ensure that the festival sustained engagement and connectivity with its festival community of ticket buyers, donors, artists, students, families, and volunteers, the staff began to create various online opportunities and events. Reimagining the 2020 festival:produced a free weekly virtual series called tune in tuesday using festival concert archives and enlisting the help of festival artist alumni to record their favorite festival experiences. To honor the spirit of the 74th festival, june 11-14, the staff produced four days of free online content. The virtual festival included original interviews with ara guzelimian, music director matthias pintscher, composer olga neuwirth, members of the calder quartet, and composer steve reich, each highlighting selections of music that had been planned for the in-person festival. This digital version of the festival was entirely accessible via the festival'Festivals's website: ojaifestival.org and promoted on social media. In addition to interviews, the calder quartet, who was slated to perform at the festival, created an original "quarantine-style" performance featuring the music of gyorgy kurtag, john cage, and johannes ockeghem.the festival'Festivals's bravo education program provided free remote-learning sessions for all Ojai public elementary schools which continues into the 2020-2021 academic year. Working with the Ojai unified school district, the festival'Festivals's education coordinator, laura walter, creates online videos, called song and play, that students stream from home. In addition, the festival offers accompanying written materials that students download. The goal with the online adaptation of the music education program is to keep the learning experiences social and family-oriented, helping students to find inspiration and mental stimulation to be their best selves through music. Typically, the Ojai music festival draws more than 3,500 attendees during the four days with multiple impressions. The free virtual edition of the festival received close to 10,000 views over the four days. It remains accessible on our website and continues to draw steady viewership.due to the success of its virtual offerings during summer 2020, the festival continues to share free online Ojai talks - conversations and musical performances with 2021 artists and composers. These well-attended zoom gatherings has brought the festival'Festivals's dedicated donors and subscribers much-needed connection to music.

Who funds Ojai Music Festival

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Shanbrom Family FoundationSupport of Music Performances$100,000
Santa Barbara FoundationArts, Culture, and Humanities$27,500
Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF)General Operating$25,000
...and 8 more grants received

Personnel at Ojai Music Festival

Ara GuzelimianArtistic and Executive Director
Gina GutierrezManaging Director Ext 104$105,001
Anna Cho WagnerDirector of Development Ext 105
Chad SmithArtistic Director / Board Member
Nicholas SvorinichPatron Services and Digital Marketing Manager
...and 13 more key personnel

Financials for Ojai Music Festival

RevenuesFYE 08/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$1,307,509
Program services$180,458
Investment income and dividends$40,430
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-3,363
Net income from fundraising events$-298
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$1,524,736

Form 990s for Ojai Music Festival

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-082021-06-18990View PDF
2019-082021-01-28990View PDF
2018-082019-09-12990View PDF
2017-082018-07-09990View PDF
2016-082017-08-01990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
August 2, 2022
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $25,000 from Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF)
April 9, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
September 22, 2021
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $27,500 from Santa Barbara Foundation
August 22, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
July 27, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 7 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsPerforming arts organizationsPerforming arts centersMusical groupsCharities
EducationArts, cultural, and humanitiesHunger
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General information
PO Box 185
Ojai, CA 93024
Metro area
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
Ventura County, CA
Website URL
(805) 646-2094
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A68: Music
NAICS code, primary
7113: Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
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