The Blue Ribbon Mission
The Blue Ribbon is The Music Center’s premier women’s support organization and one of its largest donors. The Blue Ribbon has enriched the lives of the greater Los Angeles community through its commitment to arts education, volunteerism and financial support for The Music Center and its resident companies.
A Message from The Blue Ribbon President
It is a great pleasure to introduce you to the work of The Blue Ribbon, the premier women’s support organization for The Music Center and one of its largest donors. For over 50 years, the women of The Blue Ribbon have set the bar for their ongoing commitment to arts education, volunteerism and financial support for The Music Center and its resident companies.
The words of our founder, Dorothy Chandler, still resonate for the women of today’s Blue Ribbon: “A life without commitment, without dedication to a purpose beyond ourselves, and without a close partnership is only half a life.” One focus of our commitment is our beloved Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival. In March 2021, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the festival. Since we were still unable to gather in person, the festival featuring Dorrance Dance was presented virtually. Next year, we expect to once again welcome the fifth graders to The Music Center to experience the performing arts in person.
My husband Jerry and I created a challenge grant to benefit two initiatives -- The Music Center’s Arts Fund and our own Children’s Festival Endowment. These funds will help create transformative arts experiences and ensure the future of The Blue Ribbon’s Children’s Festival for years to come.
The Blue Ribbon members believe the performing arts are a true gift to humanity, especially in these challenging times. We deeply wish to share that gift by providing financial support to The Music Center and its resident companies, and to the many programs that introduce Angelenos of all ages to the joy of music, dance and theatre. We encourage others to join our efforts.
I am so proud to carry on The Blue Ribbon legacy and honored to work with you all as president to make The Blue Ribbon better than ever.
President, The Blue Ribbon
The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival
Blue Ribbon members fully staff and fund the annual three-day Blue Ribbon Children's Festival, which brings 18,000 5th graders to The Music Center to experience live performance - many for the first time ever.