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Nov 11 - Dec 31, 2021

Carmel Music Society


The mission of the Carmel Music Society is to present superior classical music performances on the Monterey Peninsula and use these to foster the greater appreciation of classical music among area students.

The Big Idea

Carmel Music Society (CMS) seeks to provide top-notch classical music performances to create an appreciation for the music among local audience members, including students. This year – the 94th – CMS is looking to perform six concerts, offering four free tickets to applicants who meet the requirements. Applicants must have at least one student enrolled in grade level K-14 and one adult. Carmel Music Society believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to experience high-quality, live classical music.

It was virtually a full house when Man-Ling Bai, the Carmel Music Society’s Piano Competition winner, returned to Sunset Center to play a full recital as a part of her Grand Prize award. The ground floor orchestra seats were packed, the balcony was almost half full. It was a lively and unusual audience with many young piano students and new people we do not usually see at CMS concerts. If filling the seats and attracting a new audience is one of the most important goals of any presenting society, then this concert was a very special success indeed.

- Lynwood Bronson

We’re In This Together

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MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.