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A Brief History of the Association

Grant County residents can be quite proud of their volunteer efforts in continued support of the Grant County Community Concert Association. Our initial affiliation with COMMUNITY CONCERTS began with the 1947-48 season and continued for 13 years, when the depressed economic conditions in our area forced the Association to discontinue operations. Thanks to the efforts of the Silver City chapter of the American Association of University Women, the organization was able to start offering a concert program again in 1971, and we are now celebrating an additional 46 successful seasons of presenting some of the world's greatest performing artists.

The "community concert" concept was born in 1927 with the slogan "a Carnegie Hall in every town." Based in New York City, it was a division of Columbia Artists Management until a few years ago. Now GCCCA is an independent production organization working with Live on Stage, a concert booking organization in Nashville, TN.

Originally, Community Concerts focused heavily on classical music. While that is still a strong component of our offerings each year, the Association now provides a great deal of variety to appeal to many musical tastes. A look at our Past Seasons page will show the wide range of musical genres and artists the Association has brought to Grant County in the last dozen years.

Reflecting the continually increasing cost of the artists and operating expenses, GCCCA's operating budget has risen from $8,500 for the 1971-72 season to more than $50,000 for the current season. The modest budget and low cost for a season subscription ($55 , but just $45 during the Early Bird sale) is achieved because devoted volunteers do all the work - the organization has no paid staff. It takes thousands of volunteer hours to make this all happen. The Grant County Community Concert Association counts on your continued support, and you can count on the Association to continue to bring you five or six excellent concerts each season.

Enjoy another great season in 2017 - 18!