Where to hear creative music in the San Francisco Bay Area

Online concert/event calendars

Bay Improviser* (download the free iPhone app too!)
East Bay Express

E-mail lists

Ba-New-Mus List
American Composers Forum list

Creative Music Series

  • Every Sunday:
    SIMM series at the Musician's Union Hall
  • Every Thursday:
    Luggage Store New Music Series
  • Every First Monday:
    The Monday Makeout at the Makeout Room
  • Every 2nd Tuesday:
    Active Music Series at the Uptown
  • Every Wednesday and Sunday:
    Berkeley Arts Festival
  • Second and Fourth Mondays:
    Oakland Freedom Jazz Society at Duende
  • Most nights of the week
    Center for New Music
  • Every Monday in Sacramento:
    Nebraska Mondays at Luna's Cafe
  • Monthly:
    Meridian Gallery Composers-in-Performance Series
  • Other venues that put up with us more, or less, often

    Mills College
    The Jazzschool
    Intersection for the Arts
    Red Poppy Art House
    CNMAT at U.C. Berkeley
    CCRMA at Stanford
    Yoshi's SF and Oakland
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
    Studio 1510
    Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut
    Trinity Chapel Chamber Concerts
    Old First Concerts
    Subterranean Art House
    San Francisco Conservatory
    SFJazz Summerfest

    San Francisco Bay Area Creative Music Festivals

    Switchboard Music Festival
    Bay Area Now at YBCA
    Edgetone New Music Summit
    San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music's SFMusic Day
    Angel City Jazz Festival (in LA)
    Jazzpop at the Hammer Museum (in LA)

    Opportunities, Resources

    Where to apply for funding if you are a jazz/improvised music musician/composer

    American Composers Forum, Northern California Chapter
    Meet the Composer
    Chamber Music America
    San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music
    Center for Cultural Innovation
    Zellerbach Family Foundation
    Gerbode Foundation
    LEF Foundation
    The Foundation Center (funding resources)
    New York Foundation for the Arts (funding resources)

    Where to apply to a Bay Area artist residency program

    Headlands Center for the Arts

    San Francisco Bay Area (creative music) record labels

    Edgetone Records
    Evander Music
    Porto Franco Records
    Singlespeed Music

    San Francisco Bay Area (creative music) recording studios

    New, Improved Recording
    Guerrilla Recording and Headless Buddha Mastering Lab

    Other spaces, people, organizations, programs that make the Bay Area great

    Illuminated Corridor
    Adobe Books
    Prelinger Library and Archive
    Amoeba Music
    Porchlight Storytelling Series
    SF Cinematheque
    Pacific Film Archive
    San Francisco Silent Film Festival