Community Music Schoolkindermusik

Your support goes a long way!

As with most nonprofit organizations, tuition covers just a portion of the cost of providing quality programs each year. CMS donors make possible scholarships to those in need, performance opportunities for students, new program development, music therapy for special needs students, and outreach to the larger community. We thank our students and families, many friends – both individuals and businesses – and all who share our vision for a healthy, growing and vibrant school!

All gifts to CMS are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


You can designate your gift to a specific fund or choose to have it remain unrestricted to support any area of need.


Unrestricted donations to our Friends of Note annual campaign support every aspect of our programs, from sheet music for ensembles to community recitals and concerts. Become a Friend of Note today!

Treble Clef Friends:   $1,000
Bass Clef Friends:   $500
Whole Note Friends:   $300
Half Note Friends:    $150
Quarter Note Friends:   $100

Eighth Note Friends:   $50


The Hap Merrick Endowment Fund was established at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County in celebration of our 30th anniversary. Gifts to the endowment fund will ensure quality music education for generations to come!


Individuals and businesses can sponsor a special program, such as New Horizons or the CMS Jazz Ensemble, or provide funding for the development of new initiatives with a gift of $1,000 or more.


Attending special events offers a great way to support CMS while having fun! Sponsors, attendees, and auction donors support the annual CMS Gala, Unique Wine Events, and other events each year.


CMS Community Concerts take place throughout the year and your ticket purchase or at-will donation goes directly to support continued outreach.


Host a third party event to benefit CMS! Your event could be a special dine-in night at a local restaurant with a percent of all dining tabs designated to CMS; a house concert featuring a CMS faculty member with a suggested donation; a home party (i.e. Pampered Chef Fundraiser Cooking Show) with proceeds to benefit CMS. The possibilities are endless and we are happy to advise on the planning!



Make a secure on-line donation to CMS through right now, or consider one of these gift options:

Gifts of Cash

Your tax-deductible gift by check made payable to CMS or by credit card will support quality music education and support our ability to make lessons accessible to all.

Gifts of Appreciated Marketable Securities

Gifts of appreciated stock that you have owned for more than one year can provide important tax benefits. You can deduct the full fair market value as of the date of the gift and avoid the capital gains tax on the appreciation.  For more information, please contact the Business Office at 860-767-0026.

Matching Gifts

If you work for a company that has a matching gift program, you may be able to double your gift to us – without any cost to you.  Please contact your employer for additional information.