Since 1921, Community Music Center has remained steadfast in the mission of making high-quality music accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, regardless of financial means. Join us in celebrating a century of music for everyone as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and reimagine the future.

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Centennial Video Series

100 Years & Growing

100 Years & Growing is the story of CMC as a home for arts access now and in the future. The film follows three people from the CMC community who share their first memories of CMC and their hopes and wishes for CMC’s future. Through their words, we learn about the City’s first transgender, intersex, and genderqueer community chorus, which CMC launched in 2017; New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus. We hear anecdotes of the resiliency of the CMC community during COVID-19, rejoicing in the return of in-person learning. The film is an invitation to be hopeful for the future of arts access in the Bay Area as CMC breaks ground on its Campus Expansion Project, building new spaces to enhance tuition-free programs and enabling CMC to launch new programs that address critical community needs.

Centennial Highlights

Black Music Studies Program
Black Music Studies Program

This fall we’ve launched the tuition-free Black Music Studies Program developed and taught by Maestro Curtis (The Curtis Family C-Notes-America’s Got Talent Season 16) on August 31! All levels of students are invited to learn about the emergence of American music from the African Diaspora through this comprehensive new program.

Paseo Artístico
Paseo Artístico

CMC alumni join forces with our Mission District Young Musicians Program at Acción Latina’s next Paseo Artístico: “History Matters in the Mission ” on the afternoon of October 23. This special Centennial CMC performance will include a few special guest performers as well reflecting our tradition of sharing music through generations. Paseo Artístico is a neighborhood art stroll that brings together the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District art venues to promote action for justice through art. Partners include Mission Cultural Center, Brava Theater, Dance Mission, Calle 24, Adobe Books, Community Music Center, SF Day Laborers and Domestic Workers and ZERO-1/Gray Area.

Campus Expansion Groundbreaking
Campus Expansion Groundbreaking

Be part of reimagining the future of CMC! Construction will begin in early 2022 of CMC’s expanded Mission District Campus at 552 Capp Street. CMC will host a momentous and musical ceremony to commemorate the creation of this new community space. Learn more.

Centennial Events

Celebrate With Us

In addition to our Centennial events, we offer a variety of events that happen throughout the year. Check our dedicated page to see all upcoming events!

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Be Part of the Future

For 100 years, CMC has inspired joy and community through music and has responded to the needs of our community, creating culturally responsive programming and making music accessible to all. In the last ten years, we launched three tuition-free programs: the Older Adult Choir Program, New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Choir, and the new Black Music Studies Program. Help us to reimagine the future of Bay Area music access by becoming a supporter today.

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We Thank Our Sponsors

  • PLATINUM SPONSORS: Anonymous
  • GOLD SPONSORS:
  • Cathi Kwon
  • Fred Levin, The Shenson Foundation
  • The Moca Foundation

Our Roots

Community Music Center was founded by Gertrude Field in 1921 with the mission of making music accessible to all people regardless of financial means.

“In a word, we are devoted to an ideal – the love of the beautiful in music, which, we think, is the greatest and most comprehensive course that can be devised for the development of human intelligence. It embraces every element involved in the process of education, besides giving articulate expression to the emotional side of our nature.”   — Gertrude Field

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