Planned Giving

Leave a Lasting Legacy

Charitable Bequest

A charitable bequest is one of the easiest and most flexible ways that you can leave a gift to Music Academy of the West that will make a lasting impact, with many benefits. With the help of an attorney, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to be made to family, friends or Music Academy of the West as part of your estate plan, or you can make a bequest using a beneficiary designation form. Benefits include:

  • Receive an estate tax charitable deduction
  • Reduce the burden of taxes on your family
  • Leave a lasting legacy to charity

If you have any questions about the best way for you to benefit through a planned gift, please call. A member of our Advancement Team will be very pleased to help you.

Encore Society

The Encore Society recognizes and honors individuals, corporations, and foundations that have shared their intent to contribute a future or planned gift to the Music Academy, or have made an outright gift to the Academy's endowment fund. Please let us know if you have provided for the Music Academy of the West in your estate plan and would like to be included in our Encore Society. In recognition of Encore Society support, the Music Academy offers members special donor amenities, including: 

  • Invitation to the exclusive Encore Society Garden Supper, which takes place each summer and features a special musical performance by Academy Fellows
  • With your permission, we will list you in the Encore Society roster in our annual Festival Program Book
  • Endowed naming opportunities (reserved for irrevocable disclosures)
  • Complimentary transportation to Encore Society events (available upon request)

Learn more 

If you have any questions about leaving a bequest to us, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you. If you have been so generous as to include a bequest to Music Academy of the West as part of your estate plan, please take the time to let us know. We would like to recognize you and your family for your generosity.

Please contact Jonathan Bishop, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at 805-695-7915 or