Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018, The Blue Ribbon is The Music Center’s premier women’s support organization and one of its largest donors. The Blue Ribbon enriches 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’s President, Jill Baldauf
Welcome to the work of The Blue Ribbon, the preeminent women’s support group for The Music Center and one of its largest donors. We closed out our 50th Anniversary Celebration in May 2018 with five spectacular events with the Music Center's Resident Companies - one event for each decade of Blue Ribbon history. Our members continue to find pride in their passionate support for The Music Center and the resident performing arts companies in their multi-faceted artistic endeavors and vital educational outreach.
We believe the performing arts enrich the lives of everyone. Our members’ personal financial commitments and commitments of time as hands-on volunteers and board members for both The Music Center and The Music Center’s resident companies is the manifestation of that belief.
As the premier women’s support organization, The Blue Ribbon has donated more than $75 million to all of the arts organizations housed on The Music Center campus since our inception in 1968 -- which makes us one of The Music Center’s largest donors.
We value the positive role the arts has on children's STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics—abilities. For over four decades, The Blue Ribbon has hosted the annual Children’s Festival which has brought over 800,000 fifth graders to The Music Center where they experience the beauty and joy of live performance at a world-class performing arts center.
Fifty years old and still going strong, The Blue Ribbon looks forward to the next fifty years of supporting The Music Center. We embrace the words of our founder, Dorothy Buffum Chandler:
"A life without commitment, without dedication to a purpose beyond ourselves, and without a close partnership is only half a life."
Here's to a full life!
The Blue Ribbon
The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival
Blue Ribbon members fully staff and fund the annual three-day The 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. Learn more ›