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Vail Valley Spotlight: Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyIn 2008, Music Matters launched the Very Young Composers Project in Colorado's Vail Valley. A program that has proved successful in New York City and abroad, the Very Young Composers Project introduces children and teachers to the art of music composition. This program was created and led by Jon Deak of the New York Philharmonic. Under Mr. Deak's direction, eight students in Eagle County composed new works that were performed by musicians from the New York Philharmonic.

Organization name: Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival

Executive Director/president: John W. Giovando

Location: 201 Main Street Minturn, CO 81645

Phone number: 970-827-5700

Web address:

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Years in business: 22

What is the organization’s mission and who benefits from its work?

The Bravo festival’s mission is to enhance the cultural life of the Vail Valley through the organization and presentation of classical and popular music programs at the highest international artistic level; to foster the performing arts in the Vail Valley; to promote public education in the arts; and to provide an additional cultural dimension to the summer season that encourages part-time residents to spend more time in the Vail Valley and attract summer visitors in larger numbers for longer stays, thereby contributing to the cultural and economic well being of the Vail Valley.

Where does your funding come from?

The festival is funded by gifts and sponsorships from corporations, foundations, local, state and national government agencies and individuals. Ticket sales provide approximately 30 percent of the annual budget. An endowment is in place with a balance of over $2.6 million.

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Anything else you’d like the community to know about the organization?

In response to Carolyn Pope’s letter in the paper about where the money in nonprofits go, Bravo has hit its benchmarks:

– National Charities Foundation Bureau says organizations should incur at least 60 percent of annual expenses for program activities ” Bravo has 73.37 percent annual expenses for program activities.

– Philanthropy Advisory Service of the Council of Better Business Bureaus says at least 50 percent of public contributions should be applied to programs ” Bravo is at 61.48 percent

– Total fundraising and administrative costs should account for less than 50 percent of total income ” Bravo is at 26.63 percent

Each summer since 1989, the world’s most accomplished and promising musicians have traveled to the Vail Valley to perform with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. In its 22-year history, Bravo! has grown from a weekend chamber music series into a seven-week, 60-concert orchestral, chamber and educational music festival.

In its 22nd season, June 26-Aug. 4, the Festival will present more than 40 internationally acclaimed soloists and chamber musicians and three world-class orchestras ” Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic ” in a variety of concert series held at venues throughout the Vail Valley.

Our Music Matters educational programs are designed to expand cultural literacy and promote community participation in the performing arts. Programs include our annual Free Family Concert, Instrument Petting Zoo, Live @ the Library, Young Composers Project and Performance Preludes. Learn more at

Contact Community Editor Lauren Glendenning at 970-748-2983 or

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