Wednesday, April 25, 2018

SFCM Story, Before the Press Conference: A Big (BIG) Gift

Thomas May has the story in the NY Times (I am surprised that this wasn't embargoed until noon SF time or something, but seeing a tweet with this story on Twitter means I've scooped the Chron, SFCV, etc., so it's all good):
Capping the celebration of its 100th anniversary, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Wednesday announced a gift of $46.4 million from the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, among the largest donations ever to an American music school.  
The gift will help fund construction of a $185 million, 12-story building on a site just south of San Francisco City Hall. Designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates and scheduled to open in 2020, it will include two concert halls, rehearsal spaces, high-tech studios and classrooms, and will provide housing for the student body.
The article doesn't have a map to indicate what the site "just south of SF City Hall" is, and looking at a map, I can't figure it out. Looking forward to the Conservatory's press release.

The William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation is local, with offices on Bush St.  It does not make grants to individuals. Its web site says:
The William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in several areas including (but not exclusively) medical research, access to college, the arts, and higher education.
Possibly I'll have more thoughts on this later today.

UPDATE: This Chron article from 2015 has details on the location of the new building(s). H/T @phibetakitten for the link.

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