Simple Gifts Initiative

Over the past several years the Seattle Symphony has been learning about the effects of homelessness on individuals through our own panel of experts, our Community Connections partners who specifically serve people experiencing homelessness. What we’ve learned through this work is that:

  • Music is a universal force for inspiration and wellbeing
  • Creative thinking around a work of art leads to creative problem-solving in other areas
  • Having a safe environment can create a sense of stability, when so many other aspects of life feel overwhelming
  • Shared experiences bridge gaps between people from different backgrounds and build deeper, authentic connections

The Simple Gifts initiative aims to empower individuals experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity to connect with their creativity; develop deeper roots in the community through service, advocacy and collaboration; spark joy and inspire hope in individuals and communities that face disproportionate amounts of hardship; and raise awareness of the homelessness crisis that is occurring in King County.


Organizations who serve people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity in King County.

View a complete list of Simple Gifts partners

Learn more about homelessness in King County


These special artistic projects aim to bring the voices and stories of our community onto the concert stage and deepen the Symphony’s presence in the community outside of Benaroya Hall. Participants have the opportunity to work with guest artists, teaching artists and Seattle Symphony musicians as we partner with social service organizations to create a new work of art together that focuses on the musical and non-musical goals of the participants.

Read more about project details


Every Community Connections partner is eligible to receive free tickets to Seattle Symphony performances. Prior to the concert, partners will receive a tailored packet of materials designed to make the participant’s experience as joyful as possible.


Seattle Symphony and Benaroya Hall musicians, board, volunteers and staff volunteer for partner organizations.

Past Service Projects include:

  • Musician Open Mic at Plymouth Housing Group
  • Holiday Caroling at Dorothy Day House, Union Gospel Mission, Compass Housing Alliance and Plymouth Housing Group
  • Meal Service at Plymouth Housing Group
  • Meal Service at Youth Care
  • Donation Sorting at Wellspring Family Services


Simple Gifts is part of the Seattle Symphony’s Community Connections program. Click on the “apply now” button to request to become a partner.

Requests are reviewed on a rolling basis and you should expect to hear back about your application within 10 business days.

If you are interested in requesting auction tickets, please email



For general questions and other inquiries about community programs, please contact us at 206.336.6613 or


We hope you will learn more about all the organizations that partner with us in our Simple Gifts initiative and seek out opportunities to help others in your own communities. It can be the simple gift of time spent volunteering. It can be the gift of becoming more attuned to the root causes of homelessness and what can be done to help people experiencing this low time in their lives. It can be attending these Symphony performances where the art and music and poetry of some of our most vulnerable citizens will be shared. To someone so accustomed to going unseen, this is a gift in and of itself.

Thank you for joining us in lifting up our fellow community members, and thank you for being part of our journey of giving Simple Gifts. To support Simple Gifts, give online or call Donor Relations at 206.215.4832. Every gift makes a difference!