May 07, 2023
Benaroya Hall

Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington


We invite you to celebrate the students of Key to Change, their achievements, and their successes! Contribute to their bright futures by helping to remove the barriers in classical music education.
On May 7th at 2:00pm Pacific Time, you will attend a reception and 60 minute awards program and concert to raise scholarship funds to support students. Scholarship funds raised during this event will support students throughout the year.
Additionally, join us as we honor Vivian Phillips with our inaugural Community Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to youth development, the Black community, and the arts sector. Former television news anchor Mark Wright will serve as emcee.

Our goal is to raise $150,000 and we need your help to get there! 

Register today for our event and consider giving generously so the next generation of young musicians can grow in talent and leadership! Thank you! 

Register for our Spring Salon Fundraiser by Thursday, May 4, 2023. 


Emcee Mark Wright

Mark Wright, Emcee

Journalist and Podcast Host

Mark Wright is an award-winning journalist, podcast host and community leader from Seattle, Washington. He worked as a broadcast journalist for 35 years—most recently as evening news anchor for KING 5 (NBC) in Seattle. Mark is a four-time Emmy Award winner for his work as a documentary producer, anchor and reporter. His work has aired in markets including Boise, Spokane, Salt Lake City, Seattle and nationally on NBC Nightly News.

Community Award Recipient

Vivian Phillips

Vivian Phillips

Founder of Arte Noir

Vivian Phillips is a communications professional and arts leader. She is the founder of ARTE NOIR, which launched in May 2021 as an online publication celebrating Black art and culture from the African diaspora. In September 2022, ARTE NOIR opened as a physical space in the historic Central District. In 2020, Vivian teamed with veteran arts journalist Marcie Sillman to create and produce the doubleXposure podcast, giving voice to the ways in which arts, creativity, and culture shape our lives and community.

Unable to Attend?

Quick Ways to Invest in a Student’s Success:
$500 – Supports one student’s 30-minute group string lesson for one trimester (12 weeks)
$1000 – Supports one student’s 60-minute group string lessons for one trimester (we weeks)
$1500 – Supports one student’s 30-minute group string lessons for the entire year -or- one student’s trimester of private string lessons 
$2400 – Supports one student’s one trimester (12 weeks) of private lessons for a Young Artist Academy student
$3000 – Supports one student’s yearly group lessons for the entire year 
Matching Opportunity!
Two generous Key to Change donors, Douglas Smith and Stephanie Ellis-Smith will match 1:1 donations of $1,000 up to $10,000
Your investment in our students allows them to thrive, both in our string studio and in their academic studies and personal endeavors. You are literally the “key” to all of their successes.
Become a Sponsor!
Join the amazing journey of witnessing the growth of our talented students by becoming a sponsor today!

Become a Sponsor of Key to Change

Learn more about the Spring Salon Fundraiser in our Sponsor Packet and find out how you can become part of the amazing journey of the students at Key to Change.

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