As a Music Academy donor you have the opportunity to expand the way you experience music.
Your investment in the Music Academy will support transformative educational opportunities for our Fellows through our full-scholarship training program – a commitment that provides free tuition, room, and meals to every Academy Fellow. Your generosity will also enrich the cultural landscape of the Santa Barbara community by supporting our annual Summer Festival of 210 extraordinary events, of which half are completely free to the public.
By making a tax-deductible contribution to the Music Academy, you make possible a world of opportunities for the exceptional young artists who train and perform at the Academy each year.
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As a Music Academy donor you have the opportunity to expand the way you experience music. Attend behind-the-scenes rehearsals, on-campus vocal auditions with Marilyn Horne, and many other exclusive events and receptions not available to the general public.
Listed below are the exciting benefits we extend to our valued annual fund donors.
Donations $50 - $2,499
Music Academy of the West
1070 Fairway Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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.
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.
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:
If you have any questions about leaving a bequest to us, or have been so generous as to include a bequest to Music Academy of the West as part of your estate plan, please contact us.
Individual seats in Hahn Hall are available for naming through a gift of $5,000 per seat. Each sponsored seat will feature the donor’s preferred name listing on a beautifully engraved brass plate. Individual, foundation, honorary, and memorial listings are welcome as part of this campaign. There are fewer than 190 seats available for naming, and they are being assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.
Why Make a Gift to Support the Endowment?
Endowment funds differ from other philanthropic options in that they benefit the Music Academy in perpetuity. Gifts to the Academy’s endowment fund are invested, and each year a portion of the interest earned is used to defray Academy operating expenses. The remainder is added to the original principal, which continues to grow. If you are interested in making a contribution that will have a lasting effect on the future of the organization, a gift to the Academy’s endowment is an ideal opportunity.
A gift to our endowment is a meaningful way to make a lasting impact on the Academy’s full-scholarship training program and future generations of great classical musicians and audience members.
A wide variety of legacy giving opportunities are available. For example, through an outright or pledged endowment contribution donors can establish in perpetuity a named full scholarship or faculty chair position in the department of their choice. Endowed programmatic and capital naming opportunities are also available. We would be honored to work with you to create a legacy gift that would be most meaningful to you and your family.
Have an unwanted car you would like to donate to support the Music Academy? The process is easy! Our partner, CARS, handles the pick-up and sale of your vehicle, plus all the associated paperwork. You receive a tax deduction for your donation, and the Academy receives a check for 80 percent of the net sale proceeds.
For more information and to schedule a pick-up that’s convenient for you, call 855-500-RIDE (7433) or use our donation request form.
What can I donate?
We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RV's, motorcycles, off road vehicles, heavy equipment and most other motorized vehicles. If you have any questions about what you can donate, please call 855-500-RIDE (7433) seven days a week.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! Individual tax situations vary so please check with a tax professional to determine how you may benefit.
How much will my tax write-off be?
The amount that is tax deductible is the sale price of the vehicle. For more information on tax write-offs, we suggest you review IRS Publication 526 which sets forth the manner in which the IRS requires you to determine the value of your donated property.
Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes, the tow truck driver will issue a receipt at the time of pick-up. This is not your final tax receipt unless the sale of your vehicle does not exceed $500. This initial acknowledgement will indicate your name as well as the year, make, model and condition of the car you are donating. It will be your only receipt if your vehicle sells for less than $500. An IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds received from your car, provided your vehicle sold for more than $500. This will be your tax receipt for your charitable contribution.
What do I need to donate my vehicle?
You will need the title to the vehicle, but if you do not have it, please call anyway. It is possible that other arrangements may be made. Please call 855-500-RIDE (7433) seven days a week for more information.
Do I need a smog certificate in order to donate my car?
For states that require smog certificates or safety inspections, you may donate your vehicle without these documents.
My car hasn't run in years. Can I still donate it?
Yes. We are able to accept most vehicles running or not. Exceptions include older vehicles whose value would not offset the cost of towing. Most vehicles need to be intact and in towable condition. To find out if we can accept your vehicle, please call 855-500-RIDE (7433) seven days a week.
How will the car be picked up?
Your vehicle will be towed away at a scheduled time convenient for you. The vehicle will be picked up by a licensed tow company at no cost to you and will be taken to a sale location.
Can you pick up vehicles in all 50 states?
CARS is able to pick up most vehicles in the continental United States.
Companies that support the Music Academy of the West enjoy regional and national exposure, as well as customized marketing and hospitality opportunities. The Music Academy provides its corporate partners with an effective means to enhance brand visibility among an uncommonly affluent and sophisticated audience.
A gift to the Music Academy is an investment in the community, with a lasting and far-reaching impact on classical music training, youth music education, and the quality of life in Santa Barbara.
The following businesses have generously invested in the Music Academy of the West (current as of March 1, 2017):
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Manchester Capital Management
Monarch Wealth Management
Montecito Bank & Trust
Rose Story Farm
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau
Scofield Catering and Management
Wells Fargo Foundation
Corporate Matching Funds
Corporate matching gifts boost the value of your gift to the Music Academy. If your company has a matching gift program, simply complete the matching gift form available through your company's human resources office and send it to us at:
Music Academy of the West
Attn: Director of Development
1070 Fairway Road
Santa Barbara, CA93108
Individual, corporate, and community foundation support plays a vital role in the Academy's work as both a school for gifted young musicians and a presenter of exceptional classical music events.