Laguna Beach resident Patti Compton launches Music Preserves Foundation

On March 30, Patti Compton, a Laguna Beach resident for 14 years, along with co-founder Anthony Small, launched the highly anticipated Music Preserves Foundation in time for the music festival season. The mission of the foundation is to inspire and educate the community through the preservation and presentation of music. 

The newly-formed foundation inspires appreciation for music by creating impactful music and arts programs at music festivals, in the schools, and year-round in the community through curation and presentation of lectures, art exhibits, music performances, educational programs, and cultural collaborations.

Compton, recent Public Relations Director for Omega Events and music history buff, created the idea of building a music foundation in Dana Point to capture the magic of the music played at the festivals and transform it into year-round enrichment for the community. 

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Patti Compton and Anthony Small, co-founders of Music Preserves Foundation

“The foundation provides valuable music and arts education and cultural learning opportunities for local students and the community,” states Compton. “Music is about connection and there is a great opportunity to capture the allure of the music that flows through Dana Point and use it to create educational opportunities and forge greater connection and understanding through music.”

Small, Dana Point Arts and Culture Commissioner and local musician, says, “Providing music education to the community and encouraging artists has been a passion of mine for years, and I am excited by this opportunity to enrich the lives of the people of Dana Point and South Orange County on a larger scale. Working with city officials and community members to bring this idea to fruition has been a great honor. The support for Music Preserves Foundation demonstrates the commitment to providing year-round cultural opportunities.” 

Festival producers have partnered with Music Preserves Foundation to give back to the community. Doheny Blues Festival founder Rich Sherman of Omega Events is looking forward to the partnership. “Having experienced working with Patti and Anthony in the past, I am excited to see the foundation unfold and partner with them at the Doheny Blues Festival to develop a creative educational component at the festival.” 

Music Preserves Foundation will host a music history education stage at the Doheny Blues Festival and also bring students backstage to meet and be inspired by musical artists.

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Music Preserves Foundation launched March 30

Festival producers John and Elenie Reese of SGE are committed to giving back to the community and partnering with Music Preserves Foundation at their events at Doheny State Beach. “It is an integral part of our mission that we support nonprofits and make a difference. We look forward to creating unique opportunities for students and the community through our partnership with Music Preserves Foundation.”

The education programs will be delivered to students through a partnership with the Capistrano Unified School District. Amy Hanacek, CUSD board member, states, “We are overjoyed by this unique opportunity to ignite our students’ passion for music through our partnership with Music Preserves Foundation.”

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