One year in, we’re pretty clear about the essential elements of what makes a great, multi-faceted Mill Valley Music Festival. It all starts with the music, of course, but delicious local food, amazing local craft vendors, stimulating art, an array of kids activities and smart planning to allow for a great experience are all critically important.
But in the interests of full transparency, there are two primary drivers of our success: ticket sales – THANK YOU! – and sponsors.
The latter is a massive wind at our back, and we have some amazing local businesses and Mill Valley residents to thank for that.
To date, those sponsors include:
Jed & Caitlin Smith – Longtime local residents are Festival Partners for MVMF. Jed Smith is a recently elected member of the Marin Water Board of Directors focused on sustainability and conservation within our county and within MVMF.
Assembly – A gathering place for the like-minded. assembly is looking for curious like-minded individuals that want to collaborate, connect and create impact for the important issues we all face. Let’s act as stewards of the community together.
Jackson Square Partners – Founded in 2014, we are an independent investment manager, specializing in long-only, global growth-oriented equity investing. Our approach has been honed by a team who has worked together for more than two decades, resulting in a unifying investment philosophy of concentrated, long-term investing focused on intrinsic business value growth.
City of Mill Valley – This event does not happen without the support of the City, the City Council and the department heads that help us navigate the various logistics that are essential to a comfortable festival experience.
Sweetwater Music Hall: Mill Valley’s iconic live music venue is the sponsor of our incredible second stage, featuring an array of amazing local talent.
MCE Clean Energy – The agency responsible for reducing our impact on the climate, is hosting our massive bike valet via the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, MCE has made itself an essential element to limiting our carbon footprint at MVMF.
Gatco, Inc. & President/CEO Raymond Berman – Founded and headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Gatco has been a celebrated solution in luxury bath hardware for decades, and 2022 marks our 45th year in business.
Jambar – An energy bar company from the founder of the original Powerbar. It’s a labor of love. It’s an instrument of positivity. There’s a lot to unwrap. So let’s get jammin’!
Pier Rock Properties – Longtime local developer investing in the betterment of our community.
Fairview Capital – Fairview Capital strives to provide the highest level of personalized wealth management services and professional investment advisory expertise. Our holistic advice, disciplined investment process, and business decisions are guided by our clients’ best interests and unique needs. We serve all of our constituencies—clients, employees and community—with integrity and fairness.
PG&E – Their mission is to collaborate at the local level for a more coordinated, cohesive and cross-functional approach to solve customer issues in a timely manner and to continually make operational improvements.
Fastsigns: Custom sign and visual solutions company to help with visibility and much more. Offers a wide variety for your business’s needs, including content development, graphic design, and project management, and promotion.
The Redwoods – A community of seniors located on 10 acres in beautiful Mill Valley, offering a continuum of care to seniors from around the Bay Area. The mission is to maintain a creative, affordable community that promotes good health, well-being and security for a diverse group of seniors.
Wareham Development – This firm is a San Francisco Bay Area-based real estate development and property management company as unique as the region they have served since 1977.
Aviator Nation – a 1970’s inspired California lifestyle brand. Hand-made and perfectly distressed hoodies and sweatpants are the foundation of what we do, but our aim is to unite a tribe of passionate individuals who want to inspire the world. Aviator Nation garments are handmade in our California factory.
Richardson Pribuss Architects – An architectural and design firm focusing on residential and commercial architecture + interiors.
Fernwood – a truly unique 32-acre memorial landscape, where natural burial and cremation rituals are interwoven with land restoration and preservation. One of the country’s first environmentally conscious cemeteries.
Relevant Wealth – Wealth management for Bay Area families and private foundations. Imagine a philanthropic partner who helps you maximize the value and impact of your charity. With over five decades of experience acting as fiduciaries on behalf of our foundation clients, they have developed a unique level of engagement with foundation Boards. This ensures their chosen mission and vision are protected by a comprehensive and collaborative investment management process.
Good Earth Natural Foods – Independent natural and organic grocer proudly serving Marin County since 1969. Never content to simply accept the status quo, we have always pushed the envelope and tried to encourage food growers and manufacturers to produce food of a higher quality. They believe that food is sacred, and that organic food is a critical ingredient in the healing of our bodies and the planet.
Margaret O’Leary – The venerable downtown Mill Valley boutique at 14 Miller Avenue that earned Best Women’s Clothing from Marin Magazine in 2022.
B12LOVE – Dr. Shannon Wood Gallegos and her husband Armando their business (formerly ‘Got Vitamin B12’) in 2013, with the goal of giving their community an easy and convenient way to enjoy the many benefits of injectable vitamins and nutrients. Today, B12 LOVE helps over 35,000 clients throughout the Bay Area achieve and maintain optimal health within the demands of their busy, everyday lives.
Dorman Associates – Established in 2001, Dorman Associates is an architectural firm that specializes in both Residential and Commercial design, with a focus on Children’s Centers. The founding concept of the firm is to create economical, functional and innovative projects based on the Client’s needs. As a full service design firm we produce solutions that integrate inventive design ideas with cost effective options
Alexander’s Artisan Rugs – Production & representation of today’s most innovative & visionary rug artisan rug designers & producers. Richard Habib, the proprietor, is a highly respected rug merchant, dealing in all types and vintages of rugs. Richard is considered among the best-noted experts in the field. A Well Known Lecturer & author of various Related Articles on the Topic of Rugs and Rug History. Richard teaches design classes and has been featured on radio and TV.
Those sponsors not only help us create a great event, but they also directly support our effort to address inequity in our county. MVMF is about continuing to be better neighbors to those within and around our community, whether it’s our years-long support for the We Are One Marin Campaign highlighting BIPOC-owned businesses and its related We Are One Marin Podcast or our longstanding coverage of inequity in our town, from historic to much more recent and shining a light on discrimination among us, we’re committed to making our town more equitable. That includes both workforce and affordable housing.
Our Sponsorships really help us shine, as we leverage the incredible generosity of individuals and businesses for good by turning dollars into hundreds of scholarship tickets for students and artists – more than 300 were distributed in 2022 – who might not otherwise be able to attend MVMF. The more sponsors we get, the more people will be able to attend on a scholarship ticket via a number of local nonprofit organizations.
Our Community Sponsors in particular, including Paula Reynolds (and Bob), Nancy and Rich Robbins, Victoria and Dan Cressman, Dennis Fisco and Pam Polite, Chris and Linda Moscone, Hunter Moore, Kathleen Clifford and Bill Lampl, Urban and Lisa Carmel, Janice & Matt Mathews, Vera and Ken Meislin, Jim Lynch
The Chamber is also donating a portion of proceeds to a trio of local institutions, including the Hannah Project, whose mission is to boost the academic proficiency and college attendance of Marin City and other low income youth of color to promote a community culture that encourages achievement, celebrates heritage, and equips families and students with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to fulfill their dreams and ambitions.
Kiddo!, the organization largely responsible for funding art, music, dance, drama and poetry programs for the Mill Valley School District, is also a beneficiary, as is the Tam High Foundation, which has served as an inimitable backbone for high school programs across the board.
Speaking of our broad support for our nonprofit beneficiaries and equity within Mill Valley and beyond, we’re also happy to say that some of our sponsors are helping us shine a light on critical issues. We’re in the early stages of establishing a water conservation and sustainability theme for MVMF in conjunction with recently elected Marin Water District Board Member Jed Smith, whose district includes Mill Valley and all surrounding unincorporated neighborhoods west of Highway 101 and much more.
We’ll continue to strive for ways to use the power of this lil’ music festival to bring both sonic joy and more opportunity to our friends and neighbors.
Questions? Give us a shout.
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