There are many ways to support NCMC...
Contribute to NCMC's annual fund.
Tuition revenue only covers about 78% of NCMC's annual operating expenses. It takes the financial support of foundations, local businesses, and individual members of the community to keep our doors open, our tuition rates reasonable, and our scholarship program viable. Approximately one in seven students who attend NCMC require financial aid from our scholarship program to do so. To date, no qualifying applicant has ever been denied financial aid. Thank you for believing in our mission and for making music education accessible to all.
NCMC is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization. All donations to NCMC are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Contributions can be made by credit card via Paypal by clicking the "donate" button above, or by sending a check made payable to "NCMC" to the Northampton Community Music Center, 139 South Street, Northampton, MA 01060.
Are you a business owner/manager? Be an event sponsor.
NCMC organizes several high-profile events each year, including:
• Springfest – an all-day event in May featuring hundreds of NCMC students and teachers performing for the public at sites along Main Street in downtown Northampton.
• Musical Feast – NCMC's signature banquet held each fall, celebrating the music and cuisine of a particular region of the world.
• Holiday Choral Festival – an event showcasing a variety of choruses and vocal ensembles from around the Pioneer Valley in celebration of the holiday season.
• House Concerts – elegant limited-seating concerts featuring renowned local musicians at distinctive historical homes around greater Northampton.
Sponsorships are tax-deductible, and help raise your business' standing with the local arts community. Contact Executive Director Jason Trotta at (413) 585-0001 for more information.
Please support local businesses!! But…. if you need to order something online, assuage your guilt by having 0.5% of your purchase donated to your favorite charity (hopefully NCMC).
Annual Appeal Letter:
Dear Friend of NCMC,
Although our newly purchased and renovated building is closed and silent, the music plays on. Over 75% of NCMC’s private lesson students continue learning remotely, and teachers have adapted to teaching group classes in new and creative ways. Parents and students alike report that music lessons are a bright spot in their week, providing joy and a sense of accomplishment during these challenging and uncertain times. Students are even practicing more!
NCMC has acquired a PPP loan which assures that faculty and staff will continue to be paid for at least the immediate future. We have maxed out our line of credit, mortgage payments will be deferred for several months, and we continue to seek grant support on both the local and regional level. While we recognize that life-preserving organizations are to be given top priority, we also know that music is, in its own way, life sustaining. Music is indeed food for the soul.
Tuition alone does not cover our expenses, and all revenue-producing events for spring have been canceled. Summer programs remain an uncertainty. To ensure a path forward for NCMC, we are going to need everyone's help. If you have the capacity to make a monetary contribution to NCMC, please consider a donation now. Online donations at ncmc.net are received immediately, and monthly installments are an option. If you prefer, you can send a check to us at 139 South St, Northampton MA 01060. Generous one-time tax incentives are being offered by the federal government for contributions made to nonprofits in the wake of COVID-19. Studios at NCMC will be dedicated with a plaque to those who contribute $50,000 or more.
Whatever your capacity to give, or your connection to NCMC, please convey to others its importance to you, your children, and our community. Help us keep the music playing!
Visit our web site and Facebook page, and join our email list to receive regular updates and enjoy some music videos being shared by our teachers, students, families and friends. Stay safe and well, everyone.