About Us

Coronado Music & Arts Foundation

Coronado Music & Arts Foundation is a 501c3 Non-profit | EIN: 83-3497219

The Coronado Music & Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that hosts the annual Coronado Music Festival, a free one-day music festival located at the Coronado Ferry Landing waterfront. Local artists and musicians showcase their talents. Community volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate. Spectators are invited to spend a fun day by the bay, enjoying live music and supporting local restaurants and businesses.

The Coronado Music & Arts Foundation has a two-fold Mission:

Spring/Summer Concert Series

Coronado Music & Arts Foundation has partnered with the Emerald C Gallery to host a free community spring/summer concert series, “Concert in the Parking-lot”- showcasing local musicians Wednesday and Saturday nights. Emerald C Gallery also hosts free & family-friendly live jazz, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons year-round, and a monthly Sunday afternoon jazz ensemble concert. 2023 Concert Series information is coming soon! Visit Emeraldc.com for more details.

Community Collaborations

Coronado Music & Arts Foundation (CMAF) is dedicated to cultivating a thriving music and arts culture within the community by collaborating with local artists, businesses, and organizations.

CMAF has partnered with organizations such as Coronado School of the Arts, Friends of Children United Society (FOCUS), Coronado Schools Foundations,  the Coronado Island Film Festival, Coronado Safe and Coronado’s Talent show.

Coronado Music & Arts Foundation is proud to continue to support the Coronado Music & Arts Movement

Our Purpose

Coronado Music Arts Foundation (CMAF)’s primary goal is to support and showcase music and arts in Coronado by continuing to offer free music and art events for all ages and interests throughout the year. 

Our Motto

“Bridging the Cultural Arts Experience!” This motto is designed to highlight the exchange of creativity and education in art and music.

Our Evolution

Where we started and how we got here!

We kicked off the creation of CMAF by hosting a community focused 3-day music festival (Coronado Music Festival). We have evolved into a year-round program to fulfill our two-fold mission: A Spring/Summer Concert Series with bi-weekly concerts, and a fall music festival.  


CMAF will continue to support local artists throughout the year with our fundraising efforts, grant contributions, personal sponsorship and our incredible volunteers.

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Penny Rothschild

President and founder of Coronado Music and Arts Foundation. Penny is also the owner and creator of Emerald C Gallery, a fine arts gallery located in Coronado that is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In addition to the gallery business, Penny coordinates the weekly art programs and musical events. She is an artist, designer, philanthropist and advocate for the advancement of art in the Coronado community. Penny is also a mother and expecting her first grandchild.

Jennifer Franks

Vice President and co-founder of Coronado Music and Arts Foundation. Jennifer is also an author and musician, who volunteers her musical talents for many Coronado school and non-profit events, such as the Coronado’s Talent, Coronado Flower Show, Coronado SAFE and the Coronado Island Film Festival. Jennifer is also a mother, avid traveler, and is part of the Navy family.

Sue Shirey

Secretary for the Coronado Music and Arts Foundation. Sue is an artist, musician and lead vocalist for the popular Coronado band, the Suenamis. Sue is the founder and director of the James Shirey Foundation, where she does philanthropic work to remember her son James, and raise awareness for the rare condition, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. Sue has been active in the Coronado community arts and culture for three decades. Sue is a mother, a comedian and a natural entertainer.

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