Berkshire Music School vibrates with the energy of 300 enthusiastic students and nearly 35 faculty and staff members each year. What does it take to sustain that energy, in 14,000 square feet of space, in an 1870 historic house and renovated carriage barn? A lot! BMS relys on annual contributions to maintain an operation that is open 60 hours per week. That does not include the scores of free public productions held in the Edgar B. Taft Recital Hall. Think of heating costs, general facility and property upkeep, utilities, instrument care, salaries. It all adds up.The Berkshire Music School gives the gift of a lifetime every time you give! Donations to the annual fund, bequests and scholarships (listed below) all perpetuate the joy of music. To discuss the many ways of giving on a personal note, please call Executive Director, Tracy Wilson: 413.442.1411, ext 12. Or click here to download BMS Donation Form.
Annual Fund Categories:
$250–499 Section Leader
$500–999 First Chair
$10,000–24,999 Maestro’s Circle
$25,000+ Founder’s Society
Annual Operating Budget: $550,000
- Tuition and fees income—64%
- Revenue gap—8%
We are grateful for these Berkshire Music School sponsors.
Annual and Endowed Scholarship Opportunities
Every year the Berkshire Music School provides financial assistance through need-based and merit scholarships. Please consider making a lasting legacy to enable a student to study music with a highly qualified instructor in a nurturing environment.
Annual Named Scholarship—$500–$1,000
A one-time contribution for $500 up to $1,000 will provide partial financial assistance for a student to take a full year of private lessons. This scholarship can be named for departed loved one, a foundation, or group.
Half Endowed Named Scholarship—$20,000
A contribution of $20,000 will establish a scholarship, in perpetuity, for 50% of one full year of study. This scholarship can be named for departed loved one, a foundation, or group.
Fully Endowed Named Scholarship—$40,000
A contribution of $40,000 will establish a scholarship in perpetuity for one full year of private music lessons. This scholarship can be named for departed loved one, a foundation, or group.