Updated: Mar 19, 2019
For the launch of Music Preserves Foundation, we are interviewing co-founder and CEO, Patti Compton, about her impetus for starting a music foundation in Dana Point and her goals and plans for the future of music education in Orange County.
MP: Why did you want to start a music foundation in Dana Point?
PC: I have been interested in music and music history for many years and after working as the PR Director for the Doheny Blues Festival for the past few years, I felt like there was an opportunity to create a foundation that could connect the music and artists from the festivals with the community to create opportunities for music and cultural history education.
MP: Could you please explain what you mean by cultural history education?
PC: Yes. I feel that the history of American music is the cultural history of the United States and by educating people about the history of the music, we can teach broad cultural history and inspire understanding and respect for the many cultures who contributed to creating American music.
MP: What genres of music will you focus on in the education programs?
PC: We will aim to educate about all genres of American music, starting with the initial influences, through blues, jazz, folk, R&B, country, soul -- you name it, we plan to cover it.
MP: How will your programs be executed?
PC: We have multiple education programs in the works. One is the youth education program where we will be bringing music history lessons into the schools. We have partnered with the Capistrano Unified School District to execute that program. Another program is our festival program where we will be hosting students backstage at the festivals to meet and be inspired by artists. We have partnerships in place with all the major festivals in Dana Point. We will also be curating a series of community events including a documentary film series, art exhibits, lecture series and acoustic performances.
MP: How did you become interested in music education?
PC: I think it grew out of my combined love for music and love of history. I am an avid music fan and see live shows several times a month and I love history and read historical nonfiction in my spare time. I am originally from the south, so that may be where the love of original American music began -- since that is where the music started.