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A Message From Dave Perron

Dear Friends,

As we reflect on our organization's journey, we are thrilled to share that this year marks the 50th anniversary of our commitment to bringing free live music and the performing arts to isolated audiences in institutional settings across the San Francisco Bay Area.

For half a century, Bread & Roses has been dedicated to spreading the joy and healing power of music to those who need it most. Through our tireless efforts and the generosity of supporters like you, we have been able to create meaningful connections and inspire hope in the hearts of individuals facing isolation and challenging circumstances.

Since the founding of our organization in 1974 by the late Mimi Fariña, our mission has been rooted in the belief that music has the remarkable ability to transcend barriers and uplift spirits. At every performance, whether for youth in special need schools, residents in nursing homes, or inmates in correctional facilities, we have witnessed firsthand the power of healing through song.

As we celebrate this significant milestone, we are reminded of the countless lives that have been touched and inspired by our programs. However, our work is far from over. The beauty of Mimi’s vision is that the need for accessible live music has remained constant through the years. As we look ahead, we are faced with new challenges and opportunities to expand our reach and impact our isolated audiences even further. With your support, we can continue to bring the healing power of music to those who need it most.

Your generous contribution will enable us to:

  • Expand our programs to reach more individuals in need

  • Support the talented musicians who dedicate their time and talent to our cause by providing unique opportunities for human connection

  • Create unforgettable and enriching musical experiences that inspire hope and provide healing

As we embark on this journey together, we invite you to join us in celebrating 50 years of music, healing and community. Your donation, no matter the amount, will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve. Use the QR code at the bottom of the page or the accompanying envelope to make your tax-deductible contribution today.

Thank you for your support and belief in our mission. Together, we can make a lasting impact and bring the transformative power of music to even more of our neighbors most in need of uplifting.


Dave Perron

Executive Director

Photo above: Aline and Emmanuel at The Tamalpais, Photo by Peter Merts.


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