Charter of the Foundation

The E. Nakamichi Foundation was established by the will of its late founder, Etsuro Nakamichi. The Foundation is dedicated to the promotion and encouragement of baroque and other fine forms of classical music, which are not generally available to the public on a commercial basis.

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Guidelines for Grant Applications

Currently, the Foundation is accepting the applications from only those organizations that received a funding from us between 2000 and 2007 and received ACCESS CODE to the grant application site.

The Foundation makes grants only to qualified tax-exempt organizations. Only those organizations recognized as 501 (c) (3), under the Internal Revenue Code are qualified. 

Generally speaking, the Foundation supports public performances of Baroque and well-known early Classical music. (Orchestras, Chamber groups, Youth competitions, etc.) In case of public broadcasting, the Foundation considers request from broadcasters only. Consequently, applications must come directly from public television or radio stations.

The Foundation does not fund:
    Multi-year requests
    General fundraising campaigns or events
    Capital campaigns
    Purchase of musical instruments
    Performances outside of the United States or Japan
    Candidates for political office or influence legislation
    Sectarian or religious causes

The Foundation no longer makes contributions to scholarship program, with the exceptions of those scholarship program established by the foundation in the past. 

The applications should be submitted by March 15 and October 15 of each year. The Board of Directors of the Foundation meets twice annually, in spring and fall, to make final grant selections. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that the applicants submit their proposals as far in advance of these dates as possible. Applicants should also be aware that the Foundation commits its grant dollars approximately twelve to eighteen months in advance.

Grant funding occurs as soon as possible upon completion of the sponsored event(s) and receipt of program materials. Normally, funding occurs within a couple of weeks of the sponsored event(s).

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Grant Selection Process

Prospective grantees are required to submit their preliminary application through this web site. Preliminary applications are due by March 15 and October 15 of each year. Once submitted, your on-line application will be reviewed by the Foundationís screening committee.   

In approximately two to four weeks after the submission of your preliminary application, a representative of the foundation will contact you by e-mail. If the committee feels that a hardcopy of your complete application with some additional information should be mailed in, you will be so instructed by e-mail. The deadlines for mailing in the hardcopy proposal are March 30 and October 31 of each year. However, if you have not submitted a preliminary application via our website prior to March 15 or October 15 deadline, the mailed in application will not be recognized.

There is no ridged guideline for the format of a hardcopy proposal. However, if you include the following information it will be helpful to our Board in reviewing your proposal:

The proposal should be mailed to the address shown in our website. Fax transmission will not be accepted.

The full detailed proposals are presented to the Board for the final selection. Board meetings are generally held in May and November of each year. After the Board meeting, the prospective grantees will be notified by mail for the final outcome of the grant application.

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History of the Foundation

Shortly after the passing of Mr. Etsuro Nakamichi on November 10, 1982, the E. Nakamichi Foundation was funded by cash contribution of $80,837 and common stock of Nakamichi Corporation. The common stock was valued at $5,182,461 in the Japanese over-the-counter market at that time. The founding of a California non-profit organization of this magnitude by a Japanese citizen was unprecedented. For this reason, it took approximately three years to receive proper tax clearance from Japanese tax authorities. Upon receipt of tax clearance, the Foundation began its operation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on February 7, 1985. The Foundation made its first grant in 1986. Since then the Foundation has awarded grants in an aggregate amount of well over $12 million. 

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Following is a partial listing of past grant recipients:

American Bach Soloists
American Youth Symphony
Angeles Chorale
Apollo amused, Inc
Apollo's Fire, Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Arts At St. Ann's
Aspen Music Festival
Aston Magna Foundation
Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Boston Baroque
Boston Camerata (The)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Brandywine Baroque, Inc.
Brattleboro Music Center 
Bravo Valley Music Festial
Brooklyn Academy of Music
California Chamber Symphony Society
California Institute of the Arts
California State University, Chico
California State University, Los Angeles
Canadian Opera Company
Carmel Bach Festival 
Carmel Music Society
Carnegie Hall
Chamber Music America
Chamber Music/L.A. Festival
Chamber Music Northwest 
Chamber Music Society of Detroit
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Chamber Music Orchestra of the South Bay
Chatham Baroque, Inc.
Chicago Chamber Musicians
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Clemson University Foundation

Council on Foundations
Curtis Institute of Music
Da Camera Society
Dallas Chamber Orchestra
Early Music Foundation, Inc.
Florida West Coast Symphony, Inc.
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts
Ford Theatre Foundation
Foundation for the Community of Artists 
Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
Gotham Early Music Foundation, Inc. (The)

Handel & Haydn Society
Honolulu Symphony Society
Houston Grand Opera

Houston Symphony 
Hutchins Consort   
Huntington Library
Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra
Japan America Symphony Assoc. of Los Angeles
Japan Music Competition
Kona Association for the Performing Arts
KCET (Public TV)
KVNO Radio
Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra
Los Angeles Music Center
Los Angeles Music Center Opera
Los Angeles Opera Company
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Lyra Concert Baroque Orchestra (The)
Manchester Music Festival, Inc.
Mozart Classical Orchestra
Metropolitan Opera Association
Music Academy of the West
Music of the Baroque
New York Collegium (The)
Orange County Performing Arts Center
Orange County Philharmonic Society
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon Symphony Association 
Pacific Chorale 
Pacific Symphony Association
Paulist Boy Choristers of California (The)
Pepperdine University
Philadelphia Orchestra
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Philharmonic Symphony Association of NY, Inc.
Phoenix Symphony Association
Pittsburgh Opera (Chantham Baroque)
Pittsburgh Symphony
Pleshakov Music Center
Portland Baroque Orchestra
Portland Chamber Orchestra Association
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus
Public Radio International
Regents of the University of California, Berkeley
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
Rochester Orchestra & Chorale
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Ravinia Festival
R.D. Colburn School of Performing Arts
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
San Diego Symphony
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Symphony
San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival
San Jose Chamber Ensemble
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Santa Fe Opera
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Smithsonian Institution
So. Calif. Assn. for Philanthropy
Spoleto Festival
Stonehill College
Symphony Space
Syracuse University
Town Hall Foundation, Inc.
UCLA Performing Arts
University of Cal., Davis Presents
University  of Cincinnati
University  of Florida Foundation
University of North Texas

University  of So. Calif.
University  of Washington
Utah Opera
Vermont Mozart Festival
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Waverly Consort
White Ash Broadcasting, Inc.
Young Artists International, Inc.
Young Concert Artists, Inc.

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Officers and Directors of the E. Nakamichi Foundation

President/Executive Director         Mr. Yas Yamazaki
Vice President                                  Ms. Mina Yamazaki
Secretary of Corporation                Ms. Mina Yamazaki

                    Mr. Yas Yamazaki        (E-mail:                   
                    Ms. Mina Yamazaki     

How to contact the E. Nakamichi Foundation

By phone:      (714) 771-9677  (For any questions on ACCESS CODE, please do not call us. Send email to 
                                                    and be sure to include the TAX ID number of your organization in your communication to us.)

By mail:          5013 Maytime Lane, Culver City, CA 90230

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Revised on September 11, 2000