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Your donations are needed to help keep the New School of Music thriving in its mission – to provide a community music school for students of all ages, level, and financial means. By donating now, you can help us continue our ability to offer need-based scholarships, to provide outstanding educational programming for the community, and to maintain our music studios and instruments housed in our wooden school house built in 1883, the only remaining structure of its kind in Cambridge.

You can donate online through the secure website or mail a check, made payable to the New School of Music, 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
The New School of Music is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

November 30, 2017

Dear Friend of the New School of Music,

One of the greatest parts of this time of year is the sounds and songs of the season. The power of music undeniably resonates with everyone, from the most energetic amateurs to weathered orchestra members, and many musicians in between. The New School of Music exists for this very reason – to bring the highest quality music education to students of all ages, levels and backgrounds – and we can’t do it without you. As a member of our community, you have seen firsthand the difference music can make, and I ask you now to join me and make your year-end donation to NSM, and continue making music accessible in our neighborhood and community.

2016-2017 marked our 40 th Anniversary Year, and we saw enormous growth and progress thanks largely in part to donors like you. We served over 400 students through private lessons, group classes, ensembles, and vacation programs, complete with monthly student recitals that packed our Nicholas Van Slyck Concert Room with a full house. We premiered a Guest Artist Series, added a sixth hour to our annual Performathon, and had a blast out in the park at our June Family Music Festival. We completed the second year of our joint outreach program with the Community Arts Center, where students formed the Cambridge Kids Community Band, and performed at Riverfest in June. We gave away over $10,000 in scholarships and expanded our visibility in the community. It was a year to be very proud of, and I am sure our future is just as bright.

The first step (perhaps a giant leap) into our future successes is a planned renovation of the first floor area, which will include the installation of a first floor bathroom, new office space, and updated entryway. This giant project will allow NSM and our 1883 school house building to be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and we will thus be able to serve even more students, truly living up to our mission of music for all.

Therefore, there are so many reasons to give to NSM this season, both celebrating our past and looking forward to the future. I sincerely hope you will consider a donation, 100% of which will go towards ensuring our community has the foundation it needs to develop and support well rounded, engaged, and creative citizens, and keep the music playing for years to come.

With gratitude,

Lauren A. Cook

In-Kind Donation Needs

Another wonderful way to contribute is through an in-kind donation, a donation of goods or services we need! Below is a list of items that would help our school.

  • Small percussion instruments: hand drums, bongos, etc
  • Lightly used string or woodwind instruments
  • Storage bins and shelving
  • new chairs for our Concert Room
  • Packaged snacks for vacations programs
  • Basic art supplies
Other ways to give – volunteer with NSM!
Consider helping us as a fundraiser, as a class assistant, or by providing administrative or concert support. For more information email or call 617-492-8105.

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