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News and information from Bread & Roses, a non-profit organization that presents live music to bring hope, healing and joy to the community.

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String Letter Publishing announces new community music school.

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You Make it Possible!

A thank you to the donors who, between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009, made our work possible. 

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Breaking the Sound Barrier

Look what we accomplished in 2009! Read our feature story and more in the Fall Newsletter.

  • 613 Shows in a Single Year!
  • 27,776 Audience Members
  • 118 Facilities Served


More shows, larger audiences, greater outreach to youth audiences and more service in the East Bay – all in an era of shrinking resources and difficult financial times. This is the Bread & Roses story to date in 2009.

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Award for "Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence.”

On January 8, 2009, Bread & Roses was thrilled to receive the award for "Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence" at the 16th Annual Heart of Marin 2008 Awards Ceremony recognizing outstanding Marin nonprofits and their leaders.

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Executive Director’s Message

Welcome to the Bread & Roses website. Here you will get a glimpse of the healing power of music that touches thousands of people isolated in San Francisco Bay Area institutions—all  because of the performances that Bread & Roses presents every day.

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Pacific Heart Players

At the Burt Children's Center and Raphael House, San Francisco

Marian Hubler recruited a talented performing group from Hawaii, the Pacific Heart Players, through the Bread & Roses web site. Kate Schuerch, performer and puppeteer, contacted us via e-mail in advance of an upcoming tour to California. Along with her partner, puppeteer Karen Blue, the Pacific Heart Players performed two extremely interactive shows for Bread & Roses children´s audiences at the Burt Children's Center and Raphael House in San Francisco.

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Rhythmix at Marin Juvenile Hall, San Rafael


  Carolyn Brandy, Janet Koike and Tina (Bean) Blaine are three stunning artists who combine the art and cultural history of Japanese Taiko drumming with Middle Eastern, African and Afro-Cuban percussion to create a performance and teaching experience for young people.

The teenagers at Marin Juvenile Hall approached them with their social masks in place, faces impassive, arms folded, heads slightly bent, looking up from under skeptical brows. The distance between audience and performer was shattered immediately by the powerful drumming and compelling personalities of these three women who, between them, have 70 years of musicianship.

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Jam 2004

Annual Celebration Thanks Volunteers

Volunteers are the essential backbone of Bread & Roses, and each year we hold a special event to make sure they are thanked and publicly appreciated. This event, "The Jam," is a day that includes food and drink, an awards ceremony, a special featured performance and opportunities to play music together.

 

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Maria Muldaur Delancy Street Highlight Show

Maria Muldaur Rocks Delancey Street

by Christine Wright, April 19th, 2004

Even though there were clouds in the evening sky, and a light rain started to fall, Monday night, April 19th was a hot night at Delancey Street. Around 200 residents packed the Delancey Street Town Hall for a very special Bread & Roses highlight show. Delancey Street, founded by Mimi Silbert in 1971, is considered the nation's leading self-help residential program and is one of 105 Bay Area facilities currently served by Bread & Roses.

 

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Delancy Street Highlight Show

Dan Hicks Rocks Delancey Street

by Marian Hubler, February 23, 2005

Bread & Roses presented a very special show featuring "Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks" for several hundred residents at Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco on Monday, November 1 at 7 pm. He thrilled the crowd by playing a number of songs from his new CD entitled "Selected Shorts."

 

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