Press Release

New West Symphony

Ross Goldberg FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2017




Montecito Bank & Trust and the City of Ventura Honored by the New West Symphony's Harmony Project of Ventura County



(THOUSAND OAKS, CA) – February 22, 2017 -- Montecito Bank and Trust and the City of Ventura have been honored by the New West Symphony in recognition of their longstanding support of the Symphony’s renowned Harmony Project.  The Harmony Project is a tuition-free after school program that provides quality music instruction to children from low-income families who would not otherwise have access to music education.  It current serves 150 students from Title 1 schools in Ventura from third grade through their high school graduation.


Montecito Bank and Trust, named “Business of the Year,” was one of the original businesses to support the Harmony Project of Ventura County and has been doing so since 2010.  A presence in the community for more than 40 years, Montecito Bank and Trust has displayed an enduring commitment to making the local communities better places to live and work.  Its philanthropic efforts include its Community Dividends® program which contributes $1 million annually to over 100 nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. In addition, associates contribute generously of their personal time and talents as local volunteers and help organizations prosper though banking services and benefits designed specifically for local nonprofits.


The City of Ventura, named “Community Partner of the Year” has supported the Harmony Project through its Cultural Affairs Grants program since 2012. More broadly, the City has shown great dedication to both its youth and to the arts through its Office of Cultural Affairs whose mission is to: promote broad community awareness of, access to, and education in the arts and the city’s historic resources in Ventura.  The Office also provides opportunities and support to Ventura artists and arts organizations, fosters cross-cultural understanding and supports economic development and tourism.


Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. The Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.  It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists.  The Symphony also provides quality outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual Symphonic Adventures concert programs for youth, its traveling Music Van, and its New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County,  More information is available at or follow us on Facebook at


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