Giving

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When you make a gift to Longy, you are helping empower our students to become the musicians the world needs them to be. Our conservatory musicians learn to teach anyone, anywhere, and they will graduate prepared to make a difference in the world.

Don’t underestimate the impact of your gift. Longy needs you!

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Ways to Give

Making a gift to Longy is easy! You can make a gift in one of the following ways:

Give Online.Click here to make your gift securely online right now.

By Mail. Simply mail a check to: Office of Institutional Advancement, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Please use this form (pdf) when mailing your gift.

Donor Advised Funds. If you would like to give through your donor advised fund, please be sure to select “Longy School of Music of Bard College” as the recipient. Depending on your donor advised fund’s online giving portal, Longy may be listed below “Bard College”. You can also click here to recommend a grant using DAF Direct.

Gifts of Stock. By transferring your stock to Longy, rather than selling it and writing us a check, you can avoid paying some or all capital gains taxes and reduce your reportable income. Stock transfer instructions can be found here.  Please contact Sue Pekock, Director of Development at spekock@longy.edu for further information.

Matching Gifts. Corporate matching gifts are company-given contributions that match the contribution of their employees. Companies will often double or even triple the amount of your gift. We suggest consulting your Human Resources department to inquire if your company will match your contributions to Longy.

IRAs. Click here for more information and to see if you are eligible.

Planned Gifts.  Planned Gifts including bequests through your will, charitable remainder trusts, and retained life estates. For more information about planned gifts, please click here or contact Sue Pekock, Director of Development at spekock@longy.edu.

For More Information

To explore how your gift can support Longy’s programs, to receive our mailings, or to become involved, please contact Institutional Advancement at 617.876.0956 x1784.

Our Longy Advocates

Whether you are a member of the Garden Street Society, the Georges Longy Circle, or the Sempre Society, your demonstrated commitment and investment in the Conservatory makes you a valued champion, “advocate”, and friend of Longy. To all of our Advocates, thank you for helping us to inspire world-changing musicians and to build a bright future for classical music.

Georges Longy Circle

The Georges Longy Circle (GLC) recognizes donors whose leadership gifts and enthusiastic commitment make our mission possible. The giving circle with the greatest impact begins with a gift of $1,000 or more. As a GLC member, we offer you exclusive benefits and privileges throughout the year including VIP ticketing and invitations to GLC events.

Sempre Society

The Sempre Society honors donors who have included a gift for Longy in their estate plans. These gifts include will bequests, designations of retirement plan assets, life income gifts and more. Legacy gifts create extraordinary opportunities and preserve Longy’s future. For more information about planned gifts, please contact Sue Pekock, Director of Development at spekock@longy.edu.

Garden Street Society

The Garden Street Society recognizes Longy’s most loyal donors, those who have given gifts consecutively for two or more years. Renewed gifts that Longy can count on year after year make an incredible impact on our students and programs.

The Longy Fund

Through a gift to The Longy Fund, you can help inspire our students to become the musicians the world needs them to be. Every contribution is an important investment in Longy’s students, groundbreaking programs, and our social justice mission.

What is The Longy Fund?
Supporting a wide range of budgetary needs from scholarship support to building maintenance, The Longy Fund enables us to offer exciting new programs and performance opportunities, to foster an innovative and traveled faculty, and to meet the facilities needs required for a rigorous music education. When you make an unrestricted gift to The Longy Fund, you help us address our immediate needs and provide us the flexibility to use your gift where it is needed most.

Gifts to The Longy Fund support the following initiatives:

  • Offer more than 180 free concerts annually, featuring our exceptional students and world-class faculty.
  • Provide scholarship funding for conservatory students. Each year, Longy awards more than $4 million in merit-based financial aid.
  • Engage our faculty in conferences, masterclasses, and workshops around the world, where they can enhance their teaching and share Longy’s innovative curriculum with international colleagues.
  • Maintain our historic facilities, including our treasured concert space, Edward M. Pickman Hall, as well as our collection of unique early music instruments and more than 40 pianos.
  • Provide programming such as Sistema Side-by-Side and the Teaching Artist Program (TAP), which support our mission and connect Longy students to the Greater Boston community.

Scholarship Support

Support from valued Longy friends enables us to offer competitive financial aid packages to the most promising students and ease the financial burden they will face upon graduation. The impact of scholarship support is not to be underestimated, and for many aspiring musicians, a scholarship can be the deciding factor in whether they are able to pursue their degree at Longy.

Your gift to support merit-based student scholarships helps us ensure that qualified students have access to Longy’s world-class music education and advances our mission to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world.

Longy Fund Scholars

A Longy Fund Scholarship can be established with your gift of $20,000 or more. Longy Fund scholarships are invested immediately in support of an exceptional student and will support that student’s education for one year. To celebrate your substantial gift, we will name the fund to recognize your impact or to honor an individual of your choosing. You will also receive a report sharing the accomplishments of your Longy Fund Scholar and are invited to meet their scholarship recipient(s).

To discuss scholarship support at Longy, and for more information, please contact Sue Pekock, Director of Development at spekock@longy.edu, or 617.831.1768.

Endowed Scholars

You can establish an Endowed Scholarship Fund with a gift of $100,000 or more payable over a period of years. Endowed funds can be named in honor or in memory of a special person in your life, and you can specify a preference to award a student of a particular talent or background. Gifts at this level enable Longy to attract the highest-caliber students in the present and protect our ability to maintain this practice for generations to come.

To discuss scholarship support at Longy, and for more information, please contact Sue Pekock, Director of Development at spekock@longy.edu, or 617.831.1768.

Presidential Scholars

Gifts to the President’s Scholarship Fund provide merit-based financial aid that is awarded at the discretion of Longy’s president to our most competitive applicants—those demonstrating exceptional talent and an extraordinary commitment to inspiring social change through music.

To discuss scholarship support at Longy, and for more information, please contact Sue Pekock, Director of Development at spekock@longy.edu, or 617.831.1768.

Naming Opportunities

Longy is committed to offering spaces that foster creativity and collaboration as part of our mission to train musicians to make a difference in the world. High quality instruments, stimulating classrooms, and inviting concert spaces enable us to create an innovative learning environment for our students and a welcoming atmosphere for concertgoers and guest artists.

Naming opportunities offer the highest form of recognition available for Longy to celebrate its generous supporters. We have a variety of naming opportunities available in addition to those found below. We would be happy to work with you and find a meaningful way to celebrate your contribution and the gifts of our buildings.

For more information, please contact Sue Pekock: spekock@longy.edu or 617.831.1768.

Recital Room N-1, Rey-Waldstein Building: This elegant, light-filled room is the largest multi-functioning classroom at Longy. It serves as a recital room and the primary space for workshops and seminars. Artists such as Dawn Upshaw, Martin Katz, and Wolfgang Brendel have inspired our students within the walls of this recital room. This space is currently equipped with two Steinway concert grand pianos, one of which is a new instrument.

Reception and Rehearsal Room 4: This historic room in Longy’s Zabriskie House has been recently transformed into a communal gathering area for students and concert-goers. It provides much-needed seating for our guests and a sense of community for our musicians. The naming opportunity for Room 4 is still available.

Wolfinsohn Room: Currently referred to as the Wolfinsohn Room after legendary Longy violinist Wolfe Wolfinsohn, this space serves as one of the principal performance and reception spaces at Longy. It also provides an intimate setting for masterclasses, piano seminars, receptions, and recitals. This room houses a new Steinway B series concert grant piano.

Pickman Lobby: Longy’s Edward M. Pickman Hall hosts more than 180 public concerts free-of-charge. The Pickman Lobby area is our primary space to greet friends of Longy, both old and new. Renovations to this area aim to create a more inviting space for our guests.

Masonry outside of Zabriskie House: We have repaired the brick wall outside of Zabriskie and repaved the brick paths in our lovely gardens with the utmost attention to historical accuracy.

Pianos: Longy has recently made substantial investments in replacing our most-used pianos with Steinways of great craftsmanship. However, our instruments require ongoing, expensive maintenance and repairs. We hope an inspired donor will make these possible.

Longy’s Annual Gala Celebration

Save the Date!

Longy’s 2020 Annual Gala Celebration will be held on Monday, March 16th.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of music, celebrating the stars of Longy’ s Sistema Side-by-Side Program. This initiative has brought together children, ages 6 -18, from El Sistema-inspired music programs to share music stands with conservatory student mentors. Together, they learn how music opens doors to remarkable new opportunities and how musicians make a difference in the world.

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