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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

Monterey County Pops!


Monterey County Pops! is an orchestra dedicated to bringing pops and patriotic music performed by professional musicians free-of-charge to the families and visitors of Monterey County while identifying, engaging and educating under-served youth of Monterey County.

The Big Idea

The Monterey County Pops! Orchestra has one big goal: more concerts, more locations and more kids involved in creating free-to-the-public professional music experiences. They bring performance opportunities to students who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to play with a professional orchestra. Last year they doubled their program, offering 18 performances featuring more than 1,000 students in 12 communities throughout Monterey County. Next year, they plan to expand into North County, add a pops and patriotic community concert in Salinas and add a high school clinic and community concert with the King City schools.

It was amazing. It made me play better and it was easier to keep time. I never saw a live orchestra before.

- Anonymous, age 11

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 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 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.