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Giving to Music

As a distinguished member of the Arts & Humanities division of the College of Letters and Science, the Department of Music has long been recognized as a vital contributor to Berkeley’s tradition of excellence. Your contribution will enable our many and diverse academic activities to flourish and grow.

Among the opportunities for supporting the department that are enumerated on this website, we hope that you will find a match for your particular interests. Those opportunities range widely.

How to Give to Music:

Give to the Music Department online.

Gifts by mail can be sent to:

UC Berkeley Foundation
Attention: Gift Services
1995 University Avenue, Suite 400
Berkeley, CA 94704-1070

For information about targeting your donation for a specific purpose, please contact the Arts & Humanities development team.

Support for Performance

We seek to sustain and increase the opportunities for musical experience and performance study for students at the University of California, Berkeley. Read about performance experience and study in the department of music on the performance opportunities page.

A gift to the Performance Endowment Fund supports the department’s Noon Concert series, and enables the series to remain free and open to the public.

If you prefer to support the evening concert series, you may designate your gift to a particular department ensemble. Gifts to ensembles will help finance a featured guest artist, purchase and rental of scores, and other costs related to evening ensemble performances. Performance ensembles provide students the discipline and joy of experiencing music with other musicians.

The department ensembles that you can help support are:

      • African Music Ensemble
      • Carillon Instrument fund
      • New Music at Berkeley – graduate composition student concerts
      • Javanese & Balinese Gamelan
      • Jazz & Contemporary Improvised Music
      • University Baroque Ensemble
      • University Chorus
      • University Chamber Chorus
      • University Gospel Chorus
      • University Symphony Orchestra

      Gifts to these programs must be sent via check to:

      UC Berkeley Foundation
      Attention: Gift Services
      1995 University Avenue, Suite 400
      Berkeley, CA 94704-1070

      Please specify the program you wish to support.

      The Department of Music Fund

      Any gift that is not designated for a particular activity or project will be directed to the Department of Music Fund.

      Gifts to the Department of Music Fund provide the us with valuable resources that are used strategically to support our highest priorities and enhance our program overall. Such support affords us the flexibility to invite distinguished visiting scholars to share their knowledge with our faculty, students and the community; support symposiums organized by inspired faculty members; or support graduate students in their support of interdisciplinary learning opportunities such as symposia.

      Support for Instrumental Instruction

      The Department underwrites – to the extent it can manage – private instruction with distinguished Bay Area artists for our most skilled music majors. Instruction is currently offered in over 35 instruments such as in voice, lute, viola da gamba and carillon. If your interest is in supporting instrumental instruction, please donate to the Student Music Training fund.

      If you would like to support instruction in piano, a particularly popular instrument with our students, your gift of any size to the Piano Endowment Fund will foster piano instruction in perpetuity. If you would like to support this fund please donate to the Piano Endowment Fund.

      Support for Faculty

      UC Berkeley is founded upon an unwavering dedication to innovation and excellence in research and a commitment to teaching and advancing knowledge at the highest level of scholarship. The Department of Music hires some of the best faculty in the world. Private support has proven to be key to hiring – and also retaining – our stellar faculty as well as providing funding needed to support research and teaching.

      Support for dedicated performance practice space

      The Practice Rooms serve students, faculty and staff from all over campus, and are badly in need of new pianos, and a coat of paint. Your donation to the practice rooms could help upgrade this important resource for students from all across campus.

      To get a tour of the Department, or answers to any questions you may have about supporting Music, please contact Department Manager Mark Shaw (510-643-8723) or the Arts & Humanities development team.