Gift Spotlight

The Edgerton Foundation


Gustavo Dudamel led the LA Phil and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela through a complete, sequential Beethoven symphony cycle as part of the Immortal Beethoven festival, sponsored by the Edgerton Foundation.

The Edgerton Foundation’s multi-year pledge directly supports special projects and festivals at the LA Phil. Each year the directors of the Foundation select a distinct concert series to underwrite. Previously, the Foundation has provided support for the LA Phil’s Tchaikovsky Festival in 2013, Beethoven Cycle in 2015, and most recently the Schubert Symphonies/Mahler Songs program in May 2017.

The Edgerton Foundation supports efforts related to security and international policy, as well as identifying creative environmental and energy solutions. It also supports artistic, educational and cultural institutions in Los Angeles and funds the development of New American Plays throughout the country.

David Bohnett Foundation


The first immersive Virtual Reality experience to feature a symphony orchestra, the “VAN” Beethoven tour across Southern California was mounted with support from the David C. Bohnett Presidential Fund for Discovery & Innovation.

In 2015, former Board Chair David Bohnett announced a $20M pledge to the LA Phil’s endowment, naming the David C. Bohnett Presidential Chair and establishing the David C. Bohnett Presidential Fund for Discovery and Innovation.

“My goal is to implement innovative programming and audience development initiatives with an eye toward social responsibility and broader access to our music,” Bohnett said. “The innovation fund aids in the exploration of digital platforms and new territory for current and new audiences.

Nancy and Barry Sanders


Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship alum Sharon Hurwitz consults with Associate Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla before the premiere of her work on the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage.

In 2016, Nancy and Barry Sanders pledged a significant endowment gift to secure the future of and name the Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program (CFP). A unique offering among American orchestras, CFP is an innovative immersion program for high-school-age composers that provides unrivaled access to the world’s leading composers and musicians, and gives them the tool necessary to pursue a career in music.

Ms. Sanders is the hardworking Chair of the LA Phil Board’s Education & Community Engagement Committee and Mr. Sanders served as Board Chair during some of the most significant years in the orchestra’s history. Nancy and Barry’s gift is a tremendous vote of confidence in this program, its students, alumni, and its current director, composer Andrew Norman.