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Mission Statement

The Carlsbad Music Festival is an annual festival of adventurous music featuring master artists and the next generation of cutting-edge, world-class musicians. With this talent, the Festival premieres new works and programs fresh, compelling music that enriches the local community as well as the international community of composers, performers, and creators. The Festival is committed to presenting this work in a manner that is accessible to as wide an audience as possible by integrating events within community spaces


The Carlsbad Music Festival is an annual event that features world-class adventurous performers and composers in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival has been praised by local and national media including the Los Angeles Times, which called the Festival "magnificently enlightening." In 2010, the Festival won the national ASCAP Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming at an award ceremony in New York. This year, the Festival was awarded a prestigious Artworks Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

This year’s eclectic and adventurous Festival will feature some of the most interesting musicians working across genres including classical, folk, Jazz, pop and world music. All events will take place in the charming Village of Carlsbad, within a short walking distance of the train, beach, hotels, and restaurants.

The Festival was founded in 2003 by composer Matt McBane for its first festival in the spring of 2004. It has since received critical acclaim and drawn enthusiastic audiences to its concerts in the coastal California city of Carlsbad.


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