Support Us

In order to ensure that our programs are accessible to the widest possible audience, we competitively price our concerts—and perform other programs for free! Consequently, ticket revenues cover only part of our operating costs. We offer a variety of ways you can help us continue to provide great music and educational programs throughout our community, and welcome you to contact us to explore even more.

Annual Fund

The Gulf Coast Symphony is Southwest Florida’s premier community orchestra. Your support helps us succeed in our educational mission: to provide symphonic playing opportunities for musicians of all ages, to promote the arts in Lee County and to provide music education opportunities as a means of creating a life-long love of the arts.

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Great civilizations are indeed identified by their culture, and we are fortunate to have a magnificent community orchestra to call our own! The Gulf Coast Symphony is recognized for its powerful music-making, which is created at each and every concert by our extraordinarily talented local musicians and our founding music director, Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz.

The donors who sustain this great orchestra are led by our Maestro’s Circle members, all who are passionately committed to sustaining the symphonic tradition and ensuring that the symphony can reach audiences throughout our community. Maestro’s Circle members invest in the symphony’s continued success. Through their generous support they ensure that the glorious sounds of the Gulf Coast Symphony and the sheer power of music continue to thrive in Southwest Florida.

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If music is a part of your life, consider establishing a legacy donation to the Gulf Coast Symphony’s endowment fund. Even a person of modest wealth can make an important contribution to the future of our Symphony and music in our community!


The Gulf Coast Symphony endowment fund was established to provide a stable financial base for the Symphony’s ongoing pursuit of musical excellence. Gifts are prudently invested to ensure fiscal stability for generations to come. Only the interest generated for the fund will be used; the principal will not be invaded. Therefore, your gift will produce revenue for the Symphony that will last forever.

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Planned Giving

Planned giving involves providing for a future gift to charities through your financial and estate plans. The Gulf Coast Symphony welcomes gifts made through different planned giving arrangements. These arrangements can:

  • Provide for you or your loved ones
  • Entitle you to charitable income and/or gift or estate tax deductions
  • Enable you to leave a legacy for the Gulf Coast Symphony

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As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the Gulf Coast Symphony created a new fund to commission and premiere at least ten new pieces for symphony orchestra from some of today’s best composers for the concert and theater stage. You will get to hear music that has never been heard before, and be a part of the process of the creation of new music!

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While ticket proceeds certainly go a long way toward supporting us, sponsorships and other donations help us go even further! Your sponsorship helps keep our concerts affordable, enables us to bring in high-caliber guest artists, and allows us to offer educational and outreach programs throughout our community.

Typical Sponsor Levels

  • Season Sponsor ($25,000+)
  • Concert Sponsor ($10,000–$15,000)
  • Guest Artist Sponsor ($4,000–$7,500)
  • Musician Sponsor ($2,500–$3,500)

Contact us today to discuss the sponsorship that’s right for you!



Gulf Coast Symphony relies on volunteers to be able to pull off a full season of great music and educational programs. Even if you don’t play an instrument, we have a variety of ways you can participate. From the typical stuffing envelopes and tabling at festivals, to the unusual being a “roadie,” marshaling costume contests, and planning parties, there’s almost no end to the opportunities available—the more volunteers we have, the more we can do to help spread the joy of music in our community!

We are a fun group and provide a great environment for our volunteers.

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The Gulf Coast Symphony, Southwest Florida’s premier community orchestra, is composed of volunteer musicians who enjoy the opportunity to continue their musical development through participation in a full-size symphony orchestra.

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