Venice, FL – October 18, 2017 – Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded The Venice Symphony a $30,000 Arts Appreciation Grant to provide core support for its 2017-18 season. This grant will help fund the full concert season at the Venice Performing Arts Center. It will also support The Symphony’s signature Jazz with Pizzazz fundraiser for music education and the Summer Music Camp.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation. This grant and the continued support of Gulf Coast is crucial this year as The Venice Symphony brings in seven guest conductors and guest soloists for our “Finding Maestro” season,” said Executive Director Christine Kasten. “The grant will also allow The Symphony to reach even more students in our community through our music education programs, assuring that we can continue to offer scholarships to every child who wants to attend our summer camp, regardless of ability to pay.”


About The Venice Symphony: Founded in 1974, The Venice Symphony is a 501 (c)(3) professional orchestra deeply rooted in its community, offering a variety of concerts from November through May, special events and long-standing music education programs for all ages throughout the year.

About Gulf Coast Community Foundation: Together with our donors, Gulf Coast Community Foundation transforms our region through bold and proactive philanthropy. Gulf Coast is a public charity that was created in 1995 through the sale of the Venice Hospital. Since then, we have become the philanthropic home of more than 650 families who have established charitable funds there and has invested more than $260 million in grants in the areas of health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture, and the environment. Learn more at