Give to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre
We know that our ability to solve problems, build enterprises and create compelling and socially relevant design and art requires high levels of mastery. By being the best in out chosen fields, we can stretch ourselves and our talents to make a difference in the world."Steven J. Tepper, dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
We believe that the performing arts can transform lives!
As director of the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre, I have the opportunity to introduce our donors to the amazing and powerful work that our students create in their classes, capstone projects, and through collaborations with each other and our faculty. We are one of the most comprehensive schools of music, dance and theatre in the United States, with almost 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students majoring in over 45 degree programs. Our students and faculty are working in our local community as well as through international channels, sharing their skills as performers, designers, playwrights, scholars, composers, therapists, community leaders, and educators. We believe that the performing arts can transform lives, and we appreciate your interest in sharing our vision!
- Heather Landes, Director
How you can make a difference
Investing in our students
A scholarship gift is one of the most important ways of supporting and partnering with outstanding students in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre. Scholarship support goes directly to student’s educational expenses and now more than ever before, often is the deciding factor in a student’s ability to achieve their dream to go to Arizona State University. A scholarship gift provides a meaningful way to have your name, or that of another family member, friend or former teacher or mentor, or a firm’s name as part of the future of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre.
Invest in our faculty
Distinguished, dedicated faculty are our foundation for new levels of excellence in education, research and architectural best practices. A named, endowed chair is the highest honor the School of Music, Dance and Theatre can bestow on a member of the faculty. It is a source of great pride for the recipient, and stable, annual income to supplement their salary or research funding. A chair is a powerful means of attracting and retaining distinguished faculty.
For an annual scholarship, a donor makes a gift (usually at least $500) with the intent that the entire gift will be awarded to one or more students during the same academic year as when the gift was made or within an established timeframe, usually not more than two years. Donors can specify the Friends of Music, Friends of Dance or Friends of Theatre account.
Gifts of less than $5,000 go directly into the Director's Annual Scholarship Fund and are awarded in full in the fall of each year to students on the basis of merit and/or need. Donors can specify the Friends of Music, Friends of Dance or Friends of Theatre account.
When a donor makes an investment to establish an endowed music scholarship, they ensure scholarship support for students in perpetuity. The director works with the donor to establish criteria that honor the donor’s particular program interest. Typically, endowment funds start with a commitment of $25,000. Many times, donors, will elect to build up the endowment fund over a period of time – usually two to three years. An endowment fund ensures that an award will be made to a student(s) each and every year in the name of that fund. Endowed scholarships allow donors to build relationships with their recipients.
The School of Music, Dance and Theatre has one of the most dynamic and committed alumni communities at Arizona State University. As alumni well know, an educational workshop, travel to a professional competition or the opportunity to present their research at state and national bodies, help strengthen and broaden a current student’s experience outside the classroom and studio space. Through alumni support, students are exposed to a broad range of academic and real-life experiences that help them acquire the knowledge they need to be successful in their chosen career. Donors can specify the Friends of Music, Friends of Dance or Friends of Theatre account.
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Consider making a gift to a scholarship fund
- Margaret Emily Schmidt Scholarship Endowment
- Lewis Nash Scholarship Endowment
- Marcus White Dance Studio Fund Endowment
- Lin Wright Endowed Fellowship in Theatre for Youth
- Arlyn Brewster Scholarship for Opera and Music Theater
For additional endowed funds in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, visit our Donor-named Funds and filter for our unit: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
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