Building a Strong Foundation
The performing and visual arts benefit from a long and venerated tradition of patronage, a concept that springs from the noble idea that an artist's talent is a gift that enriches the lives of every one of us; therefore, the artist should have the resources and the freedom to create. While this idea has been modified over the course of several centuries, the basic principle remains the same. Our donors, whether they are alumni of the School of Music, patrons of the arts, or both, wish to support the education and training of the artists and scholars who will shape the future of music and preserve its grand heritage.

The importance of private gifts to the School of Music increases every year. The State of Illinois has made possible the foundation of the University of Illinois; however, support from the State accounts for less than 24 percent of the total budget. Gifts from alumni and friends help provide the margin of excellence that distinguishes the University of Illinois School of Music. We thank those who have made a difference in the education of our students.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the ways you can support the School of Music, please contact Marlah Bonner-McDuffie, Associate Director Development, at 217/244-4119, or, or click on one of the links at the side of this page.

Make a Gift Online!

You may make your charitable gifts online. The University of Illinois Foundation offers a secure website allowing you to make your gifts using your credit card. Click here to make your gift. Be sure to indicate that your gift is designated for the School of Music.

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