SFCV's mission is to engage audiences, artists, and arts organizations, and forge meaningful connections through music journalism.
SFCV was started in 1998 by Robert Commanday, then 75 years old, a recent retiree from print journalism with only a bare idea of how the Internet worked. His mission was to create a space where high-standard cultural reporting would extend far beyond the reach of what print journalism was capable of offering, to report on (and in so doing to create an online history of) classical music in the entire Bay Area.
Today, SFCV continues to follow Commanday’s vision - to serve the arts community and its audiences with the highest-quality, free, original journalism - yet it also continues to innovate ways to connect new audiences to great music. SFCV provides information of many different types: a searchable, sortable events calendar/database that lists almost every classical music event in the Bay Area and enables users to buy tickets; a ticket-discounting program (Hot Deals); a multimedia database of composer biographies that is regularly accessed by students of all levels; a glossary of important musical terms; a searchable, sortable database of music teachers around the Bay; lists of music organizations and educational organizations ... and much more.