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Legacy Giving

Sustaining classical music for generations

Gift Planning

Getting Started

the Music Academy of the West creates a space where exceptional talent can thrive by encouraging young artists to stretch, experiment, improvise, and play. We give artists the tools they need to become not just great musicians, but great leaders. With the sun shining brightly on possibility and potential, we unleash the creators who will reimagine the future of classical music. We catalyze the change that will propel classically trained musicians boldly forward.

By choosing to support the Music Academy of the West, through a legacy gift or outright gift to the endowment fund, you will be sustaining classical music for generations to come. Our legacy website is her to assist you, as am I, with your legacy giving plans.

How to Get Started

  1. Contact me and I can assist you in creating a gift plan that works foryou.
  2. Learn more with the tools on our legacy website, such as exploring the Online Wills Planner, downloading the Estate Planning Guide, or visiting our donor stories page to learn how others have decided to leave a legacy.
  3. Consult with your personal tax, financial, or estate planning professionals to create or update your plans. Should you need a referral to local professionals, feel free to contact me.
  4. Lastly, schedule a time to meet with me so I can learn more about your priorities and what is meaningful to you. There are many gift vehicles and options, including gifts that provide lifetime income, tax-benefits, and much more.

When you share your intent to contribute a future gift to the Academy or make an outright gift of $10,000 or more to the endowment, you will be recognized as a member of the Encore Society. If you have already included the Academy in your plans, you can let us know by completing this form. In addition to membership in the Encore Society, there are many naming opportunities available for irrevocable legacy and outright endowment gifts, such as scholarships, concerts, and masterclasses.

I look forward to connecting with you and supporting your desire to create a meaningful legacy at the Music Academy of the West.


Jill Rode, CFRE
Director of Legacy Giving
805-695-7911/[email protected]