Grant Awards

San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

The San Diego for Commission for Arts and Culture has awarded Camarada this grant for the past 26 years. These funds allow us to cover operating expenses, which is vital to our existence in this community. Thank you to the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture for its incredible support of the arts in San Diego!

San Diego County Enhancement Program

This is Camarada’s 15th year to receive the San Diego County Enhancement Grant. These funds will support Camarada’s Meet a Musician & Mingle @ the Mingei at Mingei International Museum for Family Sundays & REMIXX @ Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan. See our web calendar for details. Thank you to Supervisor Greg Cox for his continued support of the Camarada presence in San Diego!

Dowling & Yahnke, LLC

Thank you so much for your interest and support of Camarada Cabernet Concert Series. On behalf of all of the Camarada artists and board members we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your generous donation supports us in bringing the joy of chamber music to the San Diego community. Our mission is to continue performing unique and inspiring concerts of musical masterworks in intimate settings.

City of Encinitas Mizal Grant

2015, 2017 & 2018 – The City of Encinitas has awarded Camarada funding for the Cabaret Concert Series to be presented at the Encinitas Public Library. Thank you to the City of Encinitas for making it possible to bring Ann Chase’s eclectic series to the people of Encinitas and San Diego!

San Diego Foundation ~ Creative Catalyst 2015

Three years ago, the San Diego Foundation and its former director of arts and culture, Felicia Shaw, came up with the novel idea of funding artists directly. The result was the Creative Catalyst program, which has had an effect well beyond the approximately $485,000 it provided artists in 2012 and in 2014.

The 25 artists — 15 the first year and 10 the second — who partnered with a sponsoring nonprofit cultural institution ranged from pipa player Wu Man to artist Margaret Noble, from puppeteer Iain Gunn to the pop musician Joel P. West, and almost without exception, they continue to be a vital force in the community.

“Artists are obviously a really important engine for the local economy,” said Emily Young, the foundation’s vice president for community impact. “Investing in these artists and their development really helps to fuel San Diego’s creative economy for the future.”

The foundation has just announced the 10 Creative Catalyst program recipients for 2015. It’s a diverse group that includes filmmakers, writers, musicians and playwrights.

Each will receive $20,000 to work on a project that goes beyond just being a work of art.

“The common denominator between all of them is enthusiasm and a deep understanding and desire to learn more about their art form, collaborate with others, and give back to their community,” said Jill Hill, who has been a key panel member with the program since its inception.

“At this point, we’re not just looking at a great art project, but what it will do to make San Diego better.”

Roberto Salas

Bio: UC San Diego graduate who has made a significant regional impact through his public art, most notably his “Tribute to Martin Luther King” at Front Street and Harbor Boulevard downtown.

Sponsor: Camarada

Project: “The Silent Buzz: The Plight of the Honeybee”

Purpose: “To build awareness of the importance of bee pollination on future populations”

Form: Large-scale Plasticine sculptures

San Diego Foundation ~ Creative Catalyst 2012

Thank you to the San Diego Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation, for funding through the Creative Catalyst Grant in 2012. Camarada and Joel P. West were among the final 15 non-profit organizations selected to receive funding.

Under the mentorship of Camarada, Joel P. West produced a collaborative album focused on blending his folk style with classical chamber music instruments.

Camarada also produced a music video to highlight one of the pieces from the new album. Joel drew inspiration for this creative work from several landscape points around San Diego.


Back in June 2012, The Tree Ring previewed a beautiful batch of new songs downtown San Diego at Luce Loft. Featuring the classical group Camarada, the new tracks will make up The Tree Ring’s sophomore album, which is being funded in part by The San Diego Foundation/Creative Catalyst Grant. Film maker Destin Cretton was on hand to capture the moment, adding to his amazing collection.

Check out a dual-perspective video of “Shoulder Seasons” –

Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation

The Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation has generously funded several Camarada projects. With these funds Camarada commissioned a composition by world renowned American violinist/composer Mark O’Connor ~ The Fallen for flute, string quartet and double bass. Recently funds from this grant supported the The Harmony Project: Paint A Piece children’s series at The New Children’s Museum. Ackerman Foundation Commission “The New Rule” by John Lorge
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