Donate to Early Music America!
Early Music America supports and strengthens the early music community in North America by publishing our highly-regarded quarterly magazine, maintaining our large, informational website, giving awards, grants, and scholarships, and producing competitions and festivals.
Dues and subscription fees cover only a portion of the total cost of providing these services. Your gifts make a powerful difference for students, teachers, professionals and amateurs in early music, by providing educational and performance opportunities, developing audiences and recognizing professional achievement.
Giving to Early Music America is easy. Consider a donation of:
EMA Giving Levels
- Harpsichord: $25,000 & up
- Theorbo: $10,000-$24,999
- Viola da Gamba: $5,000-$9,999
- Sackbut: $2,000-$4,999
- Violin: $1,000-$1,999
- Harp: $500-$999
- Lute: $250-$499
- Tabor: $100-$249
- Recorder: Up to $150
The simplest and easiest gift you can make, cash gifts can be made by credit card or by personal check (made payable to Early Music America.)
- Make a gift online with your credit card today
- Print out a donation pledge form and mail it to Early Music America with your check.
- Give us a call in the office at 412-642-2778.
Recurring gifts & pledges
Recurring gifts and pledges can help sustain your impact through regular and consistent contributions.
Gift pledges are formal statements of intention to make a gift. With a pledge, you may complete your gift by making regular payments over time. Each payment on your pledge is eligible for an income-tax deduction. To set up a pledge or a recurring gift, complete the donation pledge form or give us a call in the office at 412-642-2778 to get your pledge and pledge payments set up.
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Gift in honor or in memory of a friend, family member or colleague
Any gift can be made in honor or in memory of a friend, family member or colleague in early music. Simply make a note on the online donation form or print out and mail in a donation pledge form, or call Executive Director Ann Felter at 412-642-2778.
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Gifts of securities, stocks and bonds
Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks and bonds provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to Early Music America before they are sold. Contact Executive Director Ann Felter at the EMA office (412-642-2778) to attain Early Music America’s stock transfer information or to discuss how giving securities, stocks, and bonds can benefit you.
- You transfer appreciated stocks, mutual funds, or bonds you have owned for more than one year to Early Music America.
- Early Music America sells your securities and uses the proceeds for its programs.
Why give stock gifts?
- You receive an immediate income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities on the date of transfer, no matter what you originally paid for them.
- You pay no capital gains tax when the stock is sold, so a gift of appreciated stock could be more advantageous to you than a gift of cash.
Endowed gifts are invested by Early Music America to generate income in perpetuity, providing you an opportunity to make a lasting impact. An endowed gift can be established with a minimum contribution of $25,000. It can be directed toward one of Early Music America’s existing programs, toward supporting ongoing operating needs, or toward establishing a new named scholarship or grant. Please contact Executive Director Ann Felter at 412-642-2778 to discuss endowed gifts.
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Gift through a will or trust
Giving through your will or trust offers a way to support Early Music America’s mission while costing you nothing during your lifetime, allowing you to meet your own financial needs. Contact Executive Director Ann Felter at 412-642-2778 to discuss the ways in which Early Music America can help you achieve your individual goals.
- Include a bequest to Early Music America in your will or trust.
- Make your bequest unrestricted or direct it to a specific program of Early Music America.
- Indicate a specific amount or a percentage of the balance in your estate or trust.
Why give a gift through a will or trust?
- Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
- You can modify your gift to address changing circumstances.
- You can direct your gift to a particular program.
- Under current tax law, the entire amount of your charitable bequest is deductible from your estate for tax purposes.
- Because every donor's circumstances are unique, discuss the advantages of giving through a will or a trust with your estate planning professional.
Giving through an insurance plan
Giving through an insurance plan is an easy option for making a gift to Early Music America! Call Executive Director Ann Felter at 412-642-2778 for more details.
- You transfer ownership of a paid-up life insurance policy to Early Music America.
- Early Music America elects to cash in the policy now or hold it.
Why give through an insurance plan?
- Make a gift using an asset that you and your family no longer need.
- Receive an income tax deduction.
- In some cases, you can use the cash value in your policy to fund a life-income gift, such as a deferred gift annuity.
Questions or for more information
Please contact Early Music America Executive Director Ann Felter at 412-642-2778.