Your support goes a long way!
As with most not-for-profit 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 to promote wellness, 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!
You can designate your gift to a specific fund or choose to have it remain unrestricted to support any area of need.
FRIENDS OF NOTE
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: $500-999
Whole Note Friends: $250-499
Half Note Friends: $100-249
Quarter Note Friends: $50-99
Eighth Note Friends: $1-49
CMS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Each year, we give approximately $15,000 in financial assistance to students of all ages. You can contribute to this fund at any time during the year or donate to one of our fund raising events, so that scholarships continue to be there for students in need.
BUY A KEY
Every year we strive to purchase a piano to ensure our students have the most suitable instruments available for lessons. Each of the 88 keys on a piano keyboard is available for sponsorship for $42 per key to help meet our goal. You can select the key to sponsor and each Buy A Key donor receives a special CMS key ring!
CMS ENDOWMENT FUND
The Hap Merrick Endowment Fund was established at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County with a special matching campaign in honor of our 30th anniversary. Gifts to the endowment fund will ensure quality music education for generations to come!
Recognize the exceptional talent and dedication of our faculty members with a gift that will support professional development and performance.
Individuals and businesses can sponsor a special program, such as Kate’s Camp for Kids 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, CMS Champions Awards Breakfast, and other events each year.
CMS COMMUNITY CONCERTS
CMS Community Concerts take place throughout the year and your ticket purchase or at-will donation goes directly to support continued outreach.
THIRD PARTY EVENTS
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 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 with the planning!
WAYS TO GIVE
Make a secure on-line donation to CMS through JustGive.org 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.
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.