San Diego Symphony receives $1.1M donation from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Posted on: July 5, 2022

“The San Diego Symphony on Friday announced that Sycuan has donated $1.1 million” to the orchestra, writes Madison Geering in Thursday’s (6/30) San Diego Union-Tribune. “A newly established plaza was unveiled at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park Friday, named the Sycuan Community Plaza in honor of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and Sycuan Casino Resort. This donation … is the largest one made to Southern California’s arts and culture sector by a sovereign tribal nation and will be used to enhance the symphony’s infrastructure and community outreach endeavors. ‘(Sycuan has) always been a vital partner for this orchestra,’ said San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer.… Sycuan is also a contributor to the symphony’s Music Connects program, which aims to increase access to live music. The partnership between the symphony and Sycuan goes back 20 years and includes the sharing of venues and amenities, availability of discounts and access to different performance opportunities. These benefits are available to tribal members, Sycuan casino employees and symphony patrons. ‘Through the Kumeyaay spirit of giving, it is very important for us to invest in all aspects of our community, especially arts and culture,’ ” said Cody Martinez, chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.