Since the start of the pandemic our charitable efforts have resulted in more than $4 million being distributed to the music & arts communities in the Bay Area and across the country. In 2021, we’ve invested $1 million across three organizations responding to critical relief and recovery needs:
Esther's Orbit Room
The Esther’s Orbit Room Cultural Revival Project supports a more equitable recovery with a community-led effort to revitalize a historic Oakland “Harlem of the West” music and cultural venue.
Sweet Relief
Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Fund provides direct grants to musicians and industry workers still facing deep economic challenges. HSB’s support is dedicated to folks in the San Francsico Bay Area and New Orleans metro area in honor of our 2021 Come What May production and long connection to these communities.
The Tenderloin Museum
The Tenderloin Museum’s Sounds of the Tenderloin project seeks to uplift and celebrate San Francisco’s historic nightlife district, once home to thriving jazz, folk, and rock scenes, with a series of live performances throughout the neighborhood.
A bridge for Music Venues: In 2020, HSB supported 15 incredible gathering places focused on roots music and community in the Bay Area with grants ranging from $15,000 to $150,000.
  • The Chapel
  • Ashkenaz
  • The Lost Church
  • El Rio
  • Geoffrey’s Inner Circle
  • The Starry Plough
  • Bottom of the Hill
  • Mystic Theatre
  • Red Poppy Art House
  • Felton Music Hall
  • Eli’s Mile High Club
  • The Ivy Room
  • La Peña
  • The Back Room
  • The Monkey House