An annual fundraiser to benefit EMP's youth programs, EMP's Founders Award features legendary performers who have made substantial contributions to the field of music.
Founders Award Celebration
The annual Founders Award Celebration is EMP Museum’s signature fundraiser, celebrating the life’s work of living legends while meaningfully contributing to the institution’s extensive education programs.
This unique and unforgettable evening takes place in EMP’s magnificent Sky Church and includes a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, elegant dinner, short-format live auction, and a thrilling tribute concert featuring an ensemble cast of guest musicians.
At Founders Award, EMP proudly honors the artists whose contributions to music have touched the lives of many the world over. Founders Award has played host to a remarkable group of musical superstars, including: Jackson Browne; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Billy Cox; Steve Cropper; Buddy Guy; Robbie Robertson; Carlos Santana; and Ann and Nancy Wilson.
Since its inception in 2007, the Founders Award has raised more than $2,625,000 in support of vital youth development programming.
Benefitting EMP’s Youth Programs
Education is at the heart of EMP’s mission to celebrate and encourage imaginative thinking in people of all ages. EMP’s youth programs are essential to fostering our region’s cultural vibrancy, and sparking the next generation of dreamers:
- Sound Off! is the Northwest’s premier 21 and under battle of the bands, providing rising stars with industry mentoring opportunities and a public platform to share their music
- Curriculum Connections Outreach partners with underserved schools to provide artist residencies and hands-on arts lessons aligned with Common Core WA standards
- STAR (Students Training in Artistic Reach) supports music ensembles of all genres through valuable coaching in the artistic skills necessary to perform in a professional capacity
- Teen Artist Workshops and Creativity Camps for Kids serve youth of all skill levels with courses that range from songwriting and instrumentation to music journalism and video game programming