San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM), founded in 1998, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and support chamber music of all genres in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through performance opportunities, career development and financial support, SFFCM enables small ensemble musicians, composers and presenters to create first-rate performances, thus increasing audience appreciation, attendance and music education. In so doing, SFFCM ensures that chamber music will be a vital part of the cultural landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2010, SFFCM was honored to be nationally recognized by Chamber Music America when it received the prestigious CMAcclaim Award for its extraordinary contributions in the field of chamber music.
The SFFCM Affiliate Program supports and assists emerging and existing professional chamber ensembles and presenters through fiscal sponsorship, career guidance, and a wide range of services and resources, including workshops on grant-writing, marketing, public relations, self-promotion, recording and networking. The SFFCM Musical Grant Program assists professional ensembles and individuals through a competitive selection process, by providing awards for chamber music projects, positively impacting the careers of the recipients and generating countless opportunities for local audiences to enjoy the performances made possible by the program. Chamber Music Day . Live + Free is an annual day-long event that showcases live performances by some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s finest professional ensembles. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to experience—some for the first time—the excitement of new works and classic chamber music repertoire—absolutely free of charge.
SFFCM is proud to collaborate with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to present Chamber Music at the Legion of Honor - a Sunday morning chamber music series on the third Sunday of each month from January to June, in the Rodin Gallery at the Legion of Honor. The series features ten concerts, where ensembles are asked to present repertoire that makes an artistic connection to the current and permanent exhibits at the Legion. On the third Sunday of each month, SFFCM has engaged five ensembles who are either SFFCM Affiliates or awardees of SFFCM’s Musical Grant Program.
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music is a member of Chamber Music America.