Support SMTD

Sustaining Excellence in the Performing Arts

Your support is integral to the future of the performing arts. SMTD is committed to sustaining our celebrated and unique reputation as a top rated conservatory situated within the nation’s number one public research university, and to growing our ability to recruit, support, and graduate the world’s future leaders in the performing arts.

With your help, we will build our scholarship fund, allowing us to recruit the most talented students and to provide support for every student that needs financial assistance. Our donors will also allow us to continue to lead the way in recruiting and retaining the finest faculty across all disciplines and developing groundbreaking programs and facilities. There are many ways to make an impact; please visit Ways to Give to learn more.

Ways to Give

Any gift to SMTD helps launch the next generation of artists, scholars, educators, and entrepreneurs who challenge and inspire the world. Make a gift online today, or explore the other ways you can give your support to SMTD.

Don’t see what you want to support on here? Please contact the SMTD Office of Advancement at 734-647-2035. To learn more about giving to U-M, visit

Annual Giving

Annual giving to the School’s flagship fund, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Fund, supports all areas of SMTD. This fund provides critical discretionary support to benefit our students, faculty and programming needs. Gifts impact every area of the school, opening the doors to affordable performing arts education through scholarship support and enrichment funding.

Planned Giving

There are a variety of ways to support SMTD through deferred or planned giving, including bequests, life income gifts, charitable lead trusts, and through your minimum distribution of your IRA. For more information, please visit the University’s planned giving website.

Matching Gifts

You can double the impact of your gift through your employer’s matching gift program. Please contact the SMTD Office of Advancement at 734-647-2035, or follow the link to begin your matching gift process.

Gifts of Securities

Transfers of stock and marketable securities are a great way to offset capital gains taxes while also receiving a tax credit for your gift. If you are interested in making a gift of securities, please contact the SMTD Office of Advancement at 734-647-2035 before making your gift. More information can be found at the University’s giving page.

In-kind Giving

In-kind giving includes all gifts of tangible items, such as instruments, music, clothing, CDs, and memorabilia. These gifts are accepted on a case-by-case basis. To inquire about making a gift-in-kind, please contact the SMTD Office of Advancement at 734-647-2035.

Endowed Funds

The University of Michigan has 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt status. Our federal tax ID number is 38-6006309.

Scholarship Stories

The impact your giving has on our students – in their own words.

Connect With Us

Office of Advancement

2005 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2075

Ericka Bigelow
Chief Advancement Officer
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Jessica Woodman
Stewardship Officer
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Rose Martus
Manager of Annual Giving and Development Research Analytics
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Megan Anderson
Major Gift Officer Associate
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Emily Sharpe
Development Generalist
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Michigan Marching Band

Kimberly Baumgartner
Senior Associate Director of Development, Michigan Marching Band
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