KAZU Media Sponsorships

KAZU is proud to provide in-kind on-air support for events happening in our broadcast region. We sponsor a variety of arts, culture and civic events that reflect the mission of KAZU's programming and provide enjoyment, service and outreach to our audience.

KAZU’s Media Sponsorship program strives to provide a voice for diverse, thought-provoking ideas, people and experiences within our community. By providing in-kind media sponsorship to local organizations and events, KAZU exposes listeners to a variety of cultural, artistic and community experiences throughout the Monterey Bay Area that entertain, promote discourse and increase participation in our community. 

How To Apply

Please contact KAZU to request a media sponsorship by calling 831-582-5298 or emailing Mik Benedek at mbenedek@kazu.org.

KAZU Media Sponsored Events - Upcoming

Festival Dates: July 5 - September 3, 2017

Santa Cruz Shakespeare

The nationally acclaimed Santa Cruz Shakespeare theater company has announced its 2017 season. This year’s program includes Shakespeare’s, "Measure for Measure" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" plus Alfred Hitchcock’s Thriller, "The 39 Steps". It is a line-up of surprise, suspense and seduction. The season kicks off July 5th and runs through September 3rd. Performances are outdoors in the Grove at De Laveaga Park in Santa Cruz. Season schedule and tickets at santacruzshakespear.org.


Festival Date: September 9, 2017

The 5th Annual Mole and Mariachi Festival 

KAZU is a proud media sponsor of the fifth annual mole and mariachi festival, presented by “Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.” This year’s event features local chefs preparing and competing in the annual mole competition – as well as music, artisan crafts, beer, traditional dancing, kids activities and more. Proceeds from the festival support educational programs, visitor services and restoration projects. Don’t miss the 5th annual Mole and Mariachi – 11am to 5pm Saturday September 9th- Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Park – 144 School Street, Downtown Santa Cruz. Information available at www.thatsmypark.org

Festival Dates: September 15-17, 2017

60th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival
>500 artists / 100+ shows / 8 stages / 3 nights & 2 days / September 15-17, 2017
90.3 KAZU is a proud media sponsor of the 60th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, featuring 500 artists, performing over 3 nights and two days,September 15th -17th, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.  Weekend ticket packages go on sale May 1st. Single day tickets go on sale May 15th. (Discounts available for military and students under 18.) This year’s artist line up will be available online, March 31st at montereyjazzfestival.org


Festival Date: September 23, 2017  

VWA presents the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

KAZU is a proud media sponsor of the “Wild and Scenic Film Festival”, presented by the Ventana Wilderness Alliance. Themed, “At the Edge,” the festival will feature fantastic films about wild things and wild places. This one night event takes place Saturday September 23rd at the Golden State Theatre in downtown Monterey, and feature special guests and raffle/silent auction. Tickets at ventanawild.org


KAZU Media Sponsored Events - Past

Festival Dates: July 30 - August 12, 2017

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

Cabrillo Festival is all about new music for orchestra. This August Maestro Cristian "Cristi" Macelaru steps up to the podium as new Music Director and Conductor! Cristi comes as a rising-star conductor with spectacular musicianship and boundless energy and begins his tenure with premiere-filled programs of new works and fresh re-orchestrations by an esteemed group of composers.This season’s highlights include seven world premieres; eleven composers in residence; a roster of international guest artists, including the return of Evelyn Glennie; and two special composer tributes—one to commemorate Lou Harrison’s centenary, and another honoring John Adams’ 70th birthday. Cristi’s inaugural season reflects his belief that art can and must start conversations about important issues of our time, as well as spark joy and celebrate the human spirit. Tickets for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music available at: cabrillomusic.org

Festival Date: August 8, 2017

Youssou N'Dour

KAZU is proud to be a media sponsor of Kuumbwa Jazz – presenting Youssou N’Dour.  One of Africa’s most beloved voices, N’Dour is a Grammy-winning world  music icon - combining traditional Senegalese music with a blend  genres from around the globe – known for his crossover collaborations with Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon and others.  Tuesday, August 8th at the Rio Theatre. Information and tickets at kuumbwajazz.org 

Festival Dates: July 15-29, 2017

80th Annual Carmel Bach Festival
90.3 KAZU is a proud media sponsor of The 80th Annual Carmel Bach Festival, July 15th - July 29th, throughout Carmel, Monterey, and Pebble Beach. This year’s festival features more than 40 events including the main series concerts, featuring Mozart's magisterial C Minor Mass and Beethoven's Ninth, recitals performed on period instruments, a special family concert, a ‘Music and Ideas’ series, and much more. Concert lineups,  event details, and tickets available now at: bachfestival.org


Festival Date: June 17, 2017

KAZU is proud to be a media sponsor of "The Garden Faire" at Skypark in Scotts Valley –  a free, family friendly event showcasing organic and sustainable gardening and healthy living concepts. This year's theme is: "Cultivating Community in Times of Change” with cooking demonstrations, gardening, food and lifestyle booths, speakers, and more! June 17th, 9–5pm. Vendor information and registration at www.thegardenfaire.org

Event Date: June 5, 2017

Kuumbwa Jazz presents Jean-Luc Ponty
90.3 KAZU is proud to co-sponsor Kuumbwa Jazz presenting undisputed pioneer of the electric violin in modern jazz and rock, Jean-Luc Ponty. Originally trained as a classical musician, Ponty caught the “jazz bug” in college and never looked back. His successful appearance at the 1967 Monterey Jazz Festival led to recordings with Gerald Wilson and George Duke. It was Frank Zappa who wrote the music for Ponty's 1969 recording King Kong, giving the violinist greater exposure to young audiences. June 5, at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz - Tickets at kuumbwajazz.org.  

Festival Dates: June 2-3, 2017

90.3 KAZU is a proud media sponsor of "Ebb and Flow River Arts Celebration" - two days dedicated to art and community along the San Lorenzo River in downtown Santa Cruz – June 2nd and 3rd - featuring a Kinetic Art Parade along the River Walk, Riverwalk Art Sculptures, dance and music performances, art-making, a night walk, kids activities and more. If you're interested in becoming a parade participant, go online to www.artscouncilsc.org.

Event Date: May 17, 2017

Carmel Library Foundation – The Foodie Edition!

90.3 KAZU and the Carmel Library Foundation are proud to present:  The Foodie Edition! Featuring celebrity chefs and international bestselling food writers Nancy Silverton, Ruth Reichl and Evan Kleiman. Join us Wednesday evening, May 17th, at Sunset Center in Carmel, for this foodie event benefiting the Carmel Public Library. Book signing and reception featuring wine tasting at 7pm. Program at 8pm. Details and tickets available now at sunsetcenter.org

3rd Annual Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival

90.3 KAZU is a proud media sponsor of the the 3rd Annual Language Capital Of The World Cultural Festival, Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at Custom House Plaza in Monterey. KAZU, along with many other local organizations, are teaming up with the city of Monterey to bring this world class festival to the heart of downtown. Celebrate the rich international culture of the Central Coast with music, flags, international crafts and food, dancers from many diverse cultures, and a whole array of exhibitions. The festival will begin Sunday morning with an international procession down Alvarado street with flags flying and music playing at 10:30AM, followed by great entertainment and festival excitement. Learn more at:   lcowfest.com  

Migrations – The 36th Annual Steinbeck Festival

90.3 KAZU, committed to supporting art and culture on the Central Coast, is honored to once again be a proud media sponsor of, “Migrations – The 36th Annual Steinbeck Festival.” Come celebrate our communities heritage by honoring the literary legacy of local icon, John Steinbeck, with lectures, films, discussion panels, walking tours, a benefit concert, and a home brew and craft beer fest. Friday, May 5th in Monterey, and Saturday & Sunday, May 6th & 7th, 2017 at the Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Tickets, event schedules, and locations available online at: steinbeck.org

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast - Afternoon of Wine And Chocolate

90.3 KAZU is a proud media sponsor of an “Afternoon of Wine And Chocolate”. An event  benefiting  Girls Inc. of the Central Coast. A local, non-profit, who aims to inspire girls to develop leadership and self- empowerment skills. An “Afternoon of Wine And Chocolate” takes place Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 1-4 PM, at Corral De Tierra.  Reservation information is online at:  girlsinccc.org  

Center for the Blue Economy - Setting the Course: California Leadership in the Age of Trump.

90.3 KAZU is a proud media sponsor of the Center for the Blue Economy. Presenting: “Setting the Course: California Leadership in the Age of Trump." A panel discussion with Senator Bill Monning, Assemblyman Mark Stone, and Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird, on the future of the environment, economy, and social justice in our state. Thursday, April 13th, 2017 6pm, at the Middlebury Institute. Learn more at centerfortheblueeconomy.org

Paula Poundstone

March 18th, Santa Cruz Emmy-award winning comedian, author, actress and popular panelist on NPR's "Wait.. Wait... Don't Tell Me" - Paula Poundstone will be appearing one night only in Santa Cruz - Saturday March 18th, 2017 at The Rio Theatre. More information and tickets are available at PulseProductions.com.

Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center's Winter Dance Fest, 2017

TWDCC is proud to once again to present Winter Dance Fest 2017; built upon offering Santa Cruz audiences the best and the brightest of the contemporary dance world from Santa Cruz, the Bay Area, and beyond! For an ENCORE performance we bring the remarkable, dawsondancesf, to the Colligan Theater stage once again. After an tour de force, sold out show last February, TWDCC is thrilled to offer dawsondancesf's Santa Cruz premier of les verites. Opening the show will be breaking boundries, Santa Cruz dancer and choreographer, Molly Katzman and Co. Performances will feature music from Composer/Arranger Ron Kurti
Saxophonist Richard Howell, Classical Revolution Quartet

Kuumbawa Jazz presents Ladysmith Black Mambazo

KAZU is proud to co-sponsor Kuumbwa Jazz presenting the internationally acclaimed South African a capella group, “Ladysmith Black Mambazo” —With more than 30 albums including their grammy-nominated 2016 release, “Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers,”  Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s nine-member ensemble will perform Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz –  Tickets at kuumbwajazz.org.  

Kuumbwa Jazz presents Sweet Honey in the Rock 

KAZU is proud to co-sponsor Kuumbwa Jazz,  presenting Sweet Honey in the Rock:  Celebrating the Holy-days.  This internationally acclaimed a capella ensemble continue to educate, entertain and empower audiences... Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform locally on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz - show time is 7:30 PM.  Tickets at kuumbwajazz.org.