Music on the Move, San Diego! grew out of prior experience with community-based programming in 2017. During this program, Villa Musica tested outdoor music classes under pop-up canopies at the Embarcadero in partnership with the San Diego Symphony. These classes were very popular during the summer. However, multiple vehicles were involved, and teaching artists schlepped class materials and instruments long distances from parking lots. The resulting expense and difficulty coordinating became a restriction to the continuation of the program. The ability to pack one vehicle with all program needs would be a game-changer.
While developing a plan for Music on the Move, San Diego!, it became clear that this program was ideally suited for serving seniors. The National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded Villa Musica a grant to expand its outreach to seniors, validating the quality of its work and the NEA’s commitment and understanding of the importance of music to this population.