Your gift builds the pathway for student success
How will you make a difference?
Each year, thousands of students in the Milwaukee area participate in Wisconsin Conservatory of Music programming. Whether it be through private lessons, ensembles, camps, or in school through the Conservatory Connections program, many depend on gifts from supporters like you to remove the barriers there might be to music education.
A gift to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is an investment in the future musicians in the Milwaukee community and beyond. Thank you for joining us in making exceptional music education accessible for all.
Help Musicians Grow in Song!
At WCM, we strive toward access. It is our mission to provide exceptional music education and our vision to create access to music education for every student in Milwaukee. As part of our commitment to access, WCM provides as much needs-based tuition assistance as possible, and this year we have been able to offset the cost of tuition for over 100 students! However, with the cutting of funds to music and arts programs at schools, the demand for assistance with private lessons continues to grow, and we need your help to meet it!
This year, it is our goal to raise $150,000 in order to support every student on our waitlist. Students are asking for the chance to grow in song, and we want to answer that call.
With your support, we can lift up the children of our city through music! Help us to support their successes! To put it simply, help us to help them.
Your gift provides
Programs for schools & organizations
Conservatory ConnectionsWCM teachers deliver curriculum-based programs to 16,000+ students each year. Your gift will helps us meet the growing demand.
Lessons for children in need
Financial Aid for StudentsEach year, WCM awards nearly $200,000 in need-based financial aid to area students, with dozens more remaining on our waitlist.
Early Childhood Music Education
Smart Start™Our vision: To make Smart Start™ accessible city-wide; in every zip code. Music education is an essential part of getting children ready to attend school. Through Smart Start™, children develop better school readiness skills such as memory or language acquisition, social-emotional skills through teamwork and collaboration, and confidence to authentically grow.
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Our scholarship recipients thank our donors.
“Dear Donors and WCM,
Thank you for awarding me the scholarship. I like music and playing piano makes me happy. I will keep practicing and learning new songs. Thank you again for your support.
A Guidestar Gold Seal Organization
The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music has been recognized with a Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency. By adding information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, achievements, and progress indicators, we are highlighting the difference we help to make in the world.
WCM is bringing the studio to the streets!
This Summer, the MusiCreation Station is coming to a neighborhood near you! A mobile music sound lab will bring digital music technology to our city’s residents, giving anyone a chance to contribute to a soundtrack of our city using keyboards, percussion instruments, microphones, headphone, speakers, and more. The MusiCreation Station brings our WCM Faculty, local artist, and community together for moments of joy and inspiration. Supporters like you help make this close-to-home experience possible.
Music Changes Lives
“Music changes lives.” A phrase that certainly comes to mind when you think of Javon, who prior to WCM programs at his school, had little interest in music. Now, thanks to generous donors who allowed him to move into one-on-one lessons with WCM teaching artist Mitch Shiner, he’s a thriving young musician.
Blind since birth, Javon experiences the world through sound and touch. His fascination with how instruments produce sound continues to grow. He’s even had the chance to participate in his school’s drumline and make new friends through his new-found passion for music.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music embraces the values of accountability and transparency as a matter of ethical leadership and stewardship.