top of page


Richard Aldag
Founder and Principal

Richard Aldag holds a Ph.D. in Music from the City University of New York. Aldag has served as Executive Director of the Napa Valley Symphony; Executive Director of Lincoln Theater Napa Valley; Executive Director of the San Francisco Chamber 

Orchestra, Executive Director of Los Lupeños de San José

and Director of the Silicon Valley Youth Conservatory at San José State University.  From 2000-2006, Aldag served as a Senior Development Manager for Nancy E. Quinn Associates a San Francisco-based fundraising and arts management consulting firm.

With more than three decades of experience as arts administrator and arts management consultant, Richard Aldag has raised over $10 million for organizations and personal projects, has managed organizations with budgets over $5 million, and has developed and implemented strategic business plans for arts companies of varying sizes.


Aldag is proud to announce the opening of a new comprehensive service for Bay Area arts organizations: Aldag Arts Consultants (AAC), which is now available to assist arts organizations of all sizes in areas that include:


 Development Planning

 Grantwriting/Grant Management

 Strategic Planning

 Organizational Development Consultation

 Board Development Consultation

 Classical Music Public Relations

 Young/New Executive Leadership Mentorship

 Project Management/Concert Production

 Theater Management Consultation


Aldag Arts Consultants can free time up for over-loaded executive directors and development directors, or provide seasoned management experience to new and/or small arts organizations, allowing artists to focus their efforts on the development of the artistic product. 


In addition to the services listed above, Aldag Arts Consultants has a roster of consultants available to

provide services in:


 Bookkeeping

 Graphic Design/Production of Print Materials

 Web Design/Management

 Public Relations

 Event Planning

Between 2005 and 2007, RIchard Aldag was our organization's "grants virtuoso." Beginning with us at a time when we had limited in-house staff (2 FTEs and no development professionals), he served as a consultant, focusing on researching and securing grant funding and taking care of the reporting requirements for our ongoing support.
The results were phenomenal. He was the key player in our successful efforts to raise more than $2 million in foundation and government support for our successful $13.5 million capital campaign, and to double our annual grant funding to a six figure level. We got rave reviews from our funders for the reports he prepared, and when we began to build our own development department he worked seamlessly with our new staff people, ensuring the continuing growth and professionalization of the efforts he put into motion.
I would look forward to working with Richard in any circumstance.
Steve Baker
Executive Director 1991 – 2013
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse


Aldag Arts Consultants has successfully secured support for a variety of organizations from grantmakers that include:

National Grantmakers


National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

U.S. Department of Education

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Kresge Foundation

Knight Foundation

Bank of America Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

Charles Schwab Foundation

Rudolf Nureyev Foundation

National Dance Project

MAP Fund

USArtists International

Aaron Copland Fund for Music

Koussevitzky Music Foundation

Fromm Music Foundation

Chamber Music America

French-American Fund for Contemporary Music

Barlow Endowment for Music Composition

New Music USA

Surdna Foundation

APAP Travel Grants

BMI Foundation


California Grantmakers


California Arts Council

James Irvine Foundation

Annenberg Foundation

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

Center for Cultural Innovation

Carl Franc Buck Foundation

Westaf Tourwest Grants


Bay Area Grantmakers


San Francisco Grants for the Arts

San Francisco Arts Commission

City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program

San José Office of Cultural Affairs

Berkeley Civic Arts Grants

Contra Costa Arts & Culture Commission

San Francisco Foundation

East Bay Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Marin Community Foundation

Napa County Arts Grants

Community Foundation Sonoma County

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Creative Work Fund

David & Lucile Packard Foundation

Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation

May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Bernard Osher Foundation

Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation

Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation

Kenneth Rainin Foundation

11 th Hour Project

Fleishhacker Foundation

Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation

Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation

Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation

Zellerbach Family Foundation

Rock Foundation

Joseph McMicking Foundation

Bill Graham Memorial Foundation

Stella Gross Charitable

Arts for Oakland Kids

In Dulce Jubilo

bottom of page