Foundation and Government Support


Support from charitable foundations and public agencies sustains the Seattle Symphony’s rich tradition of artistic excellence. Not only does this crucial support enable our orchestra to engage in artistically challenging endeavors, it allows us to explore new ways of deepening service to our city and region, making it possible to:

  • Foster artistic growth through new commissions, recordings, festivals, tours and residencies.
  • Educate children and adults with programs for families, schools and community groups.
  • Expand access for groups and individuals who might otherwise not be able to experience the Symphony.
  • Conduct education and community programs in Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center.
  • Maintain accessibility to high-quality programs through appropriate infrastructure and technology.
  • Operate a financially sustainable cultural institution serving the entire Puget Sound region.


Grants and other charitable gifts are the primary funding sources for the Seattle Symphony's nationally recognized education and community programs serving more than 100,000 people annually.

The Seattle Symphony is supported by many private and community foundations.

Major institutional funders include:

Foundation and Government Support
Foundation and Government Support

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • APEX Foundation
  • Children Count Foundation
  • John Graham Foundation
  • Joshua Green Foundation
  • Nesholm Family Foundation
  • The Norcliffe Foundation
  • Scan|Design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun
  • Seattle Symphony Foundation


Questions? Contact Senior Major Gift Officer Paul Gjording at paul.gjording@seattlesymphony.org or 206.215.4838.

Thank you for your support of the Seattle Symphony!
The Seattle Symphony is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID# 91-0667412.

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