The Future is HEAR campaign gift marks the largest cash donation ever given to the arts and culture sector by a sovereign tribal nation in Southern California

SAN DIEGO, June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra announced that the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and Sycuan Casino Resort made a $1.1 million Don – the largest cash donation ever given to the arts and culture sector by a sovereign tribal nation in Southern California. The historic gift is given to the Symphony Orchestra The Future is HEAR campaign and operational support for the Symphony Orchestra’s many large-scale arts and community programs. Sycuan’s donation brings The Future is HEAR campaign total raised to date to $123.5 million of his $125 million campaign goal. In recognition of this donation, the Symphony Orchestra will establish the Sycuan Community Plaza at Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. The unveiling of this newly named space at Rady Shell in Jacobs Park will take place ahead of the Conrad Prebys 2022 Opening Concert on June 24, 2022.

The Sycuan Group of the Kumeyaay Nation and the Sycuan Casino Resort donated $1.1 million – the largest cash donation ever to the arts and culture sector by a sovereign Southern California tribal nation . Pictured: Rob Cinelli, General Manager of Sycuan Casino Resort, Martha A. Gilmer, CEO of San Diego Symphony, and Cody Martinez, Group Chairman of Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

“We are honored to present this gift to the San Diego Symphony Orchestra to support their many local arts community programs,” said Cody Martinez, Chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. “Thanks to the giving spirit of Kumeyaay, it is very important for us to invest in all aspects of our community, especially arts and culture. We are very proud of our long-standing partnership with the Orchestra symphony and we look forward to being a part of the various musical events and experiences that they continue to bring to life at the San Diego community.”

The Future is HEAR campaign supports the San Diego Symphony Orchestra’s extensive arts and community programs, including the construction of an extraordinary, state-of-the-art, year-round outdoor beachfront venue and a public park along the Embarcadero. The campaign also includes the improvement of the infrastructure of the Copley Symphony Hall at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center, the commitment of all the San Diego one diverse communities with transformative musical experiences and securing the future of the Symphony.

As part of this donation, Sycuan is also the main sponsor of Symphony’s Music Connects program. This long-standing program provides broad access to musical experiences for the entire San Diego area, including free neighborhood concerts and free shows at hospitals, seniors’ residences and other community centers.

“We are honored to have this amazing gift from Sycuan to support The Future is HEAR campaign and our community programming,” said San Diego Symphony CEO Martha A. Gilmer. “From their early generosity to our former outdoor concert series ‘Bayside Summer Nights’ to the most recent partnership that will benefit our community programs, they have always been a vital partner for this orchestra. Together, we are building greater access to cultural experiences in our region.

The Sycuan partnership will include community benefits from each organization as a whole – with discounted symphony tickets made available to Sycuan employees and tribal members, and discounted casino amenities packages made available arrangement of the constituents of the Symphony. In addition, hospitality facilities at the Rady Shell will be made available to Sycuan to welcome its customers at concerts, and musicians will have the opportunity to perform at the Sycuan Casino Resort, deepening the Symphony’s ties in the El Cajon piece.

Historically, Sycuan’s partnership with the San Diego Symphony dates back two decades and includes nearly $2 million in donations. Some of the first major gifts were given in support of SUMMER POPS, Symphony’s initiative that began with the annual construction of a temporary stage at Embarcadero Marina Park South and evolved into the current permanent Rady Shell at the tip of technology at Jacobs Park. . This donation will mark the largest donation from a tribal entity in Southern California history to an arts and cultural institution.


The centerpiece of the 3.7-acre Jacobs Public Park developed and operated by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra on the city’s scenic Embarcadero, The Rady Shell is the first permanent outdoor venue in the Symphony’s century-old history of San Diego, designed to host more than 100 concerts and events throughout the year. The site was developed in partnership with the unified port of San Diego with 96% of $85 million fees collected privately by the Symphony Orchestra.

As innovative in its design as it is spectacular in its setting, offering 360 degrees of music, sky and sea all year round, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park is an unparalleled resource for the Orchestra’s extensive program of diverse outdoor concerts. symphony, including classical concerts and an exciting list of commissioned works and scheduled premieres by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Raphael Payare as well as performances by international touring artists and free programs. The site will be available year-round to non-profit community groups, schools, and individuals. Jacobs Park, owned and operated by the Symphony, surrounds the performance space with walkways, dining pavilions and recreation facilities in the heart of the Embarcadero and is accessible to the public free of charge most days of the year. For more information, visit www.theshell.org


Founded in 1910, the San Diego Symphony is the oldest orchestra in California and one of the largest and most important cultural organizations in San Diego. The Orchestra performs for over 250,000 people each season, offering a wide variety of programs at its two popular venues, Copley Symphony Hall downtown San Diego (now under renovation) and The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park on San Diego Bay. In early 2018, the San Diego Symphony announced the appointment of Rafael Payare as Music Director. Payare directs the orchestra’s 82 full-time musicians, graduates of the most renowned and prestigious music schools in United States and abroad. The San Diego Symphony Orchestra also serves as the orchestra for the San Diego Opera every season, as well as performances at several regional performing arts and community centers. For more than 30 years, the San Diego Symphony has provided comprehensive learning and community engagement programs that reach more than 65,000 students each year and bring innovative programming to the San Diego one various neighborhoods and schools. For more information, visit www.sandiegosymphony.org.


Sycuan Casino Resort began as a humble bingo palace in 1983. Today, over 38 years later, it has become a community landmark and one of the San Diego one premier casinos and resort destinations. Sycuan’s newly expanded AAA Four Diamond property features a 12-story hotel tower with over 300 rooms and 57 luxury suites. Guests can enjoy a wide range of on-site amenities, including a variety of restaurants and bars ranging from fast food to fine dining, meeting and event space, a full-service spa, a fitness center and a state-of-the-art outdoor pool deck with two pools, lazy river and swim-up bar. Sycuan also has an extensive casino with over 2,300 slot machines and 54 table games in a variety of game options. Sycuan is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, s please visit www.sycuan.com, Facebook: @sycuancasinoresort, instagram: @sycuan_casinoresort, Twitter: @sycuancasino and LinkedIn: company/sycuancasinoresort or call 619-445-6002.


Members of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation have resided in and around the foothills of the Dehesa Valley for over 12,000 years. Today, they form a modern government providing public services to their members, employees and neighbors. The Sycuan Tribal Government operates one of the region’s premier Indian gaming and resorts, the Sycuan Casino Resort. The Sycuan Tribe demonstrates its strong commitment to San Diego region thanks to the support of hundreds of civic and charitable organizations.

The tribe, through the Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation (STDC), is also looking to reinvest in the San Diego community with a progressive business development effort. To date, STDC has purchased the former Singing Hills Country Club and historic US Grant Hotel; is an investor in the Solamar Hotel near Petco Park; and is the owner/developer of the Marina Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in National city. Together, these businesses now employ nearly 4,000 San Diegan residents. For more information on visiting Sycuan www.sycuantribe.com.

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