Santa Barbara Symphony Names Juli Askew its New Development Manager

The Santa Barbara Symphony is pleased to announce that Juli Askew has been promoted to Development Manager of the Santa Barbara Symphony, to lead the organization’s development efforts.  

A beloved member of The Symphony team, Askew has been instrumental in the success of all of its special events. With attention to relationships and personal touch, she has a gift for making patrons and donors feel special and appreciated. Her tenacity, creativity, and commitment will continue this season in this expanded role, where she’ll oversee critical donor appeals, seven distinct events celebrating the Symphony’s 70th Anniversary, and much more. 

“I am thrilled to help people celebrate life through The Symphony’s music and the joy and sense of connection it brings to people of all ages!” said Askew. “It is inspiring to see first-hand the real impact that donations from individuals, local businesses and foundations have on our organization, and the great things we’re able to achieve as a direct result.”

A native of Santa Barbara, Askew is a seasoned development professional with expertise in fundraising and special events. Known for her deep relationships in the community and her charisma, enthusiasm, and attention to detail, Askew brings people together to make a great impact. 

“As The Symphony embarks on its 70th Anniversary season, Juli is cultivating and expanding deep, authentic relationships with our community and creating lasting impact.” shared Kathryn R Martin, President, and CEO of the Santa Barbara Symphony. 

Askew has worked with many local and national nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara including Arthritis Foundation, Sansum Clinic, UCSB Arts & Lectures, National Kidney Foundation, and United Way. She has produced memorable events such as the First Annual Kidney Walk, Walk to Cure Arthritis, and with a team of community volunteers Taste of the Town.  

Juli graduated Cum Laude from College of Santa Fe, with a bachelor’s degree in Costume Design.

About The Santa Barbara Symphony

A professional orchestra founded in 1953 on the belief that a special city deserves a special orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony is consistently lauded for its innovation, artistic excellence, commitment to delivering dynamic music education programs, and is widely recognized as one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Under the artistic leadership of charismatic Israeli conductor and Santa Barbara resident, Nir Kabaretti, since his appointment in 2006, the Symphony is one of the few orchestras in the nation who found ways to bring the orchestra together for a full season of live broadcasts.  Its mission of bringing joy, engagement and connection to the community was amplified during the pandemic, when it was needed the most. As the only music education program tied to a Symphony orchestra in the region, its award-winning programs serve more than 10,000 students throughout Santa Barbara County each year. For additional information, visit

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