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Do you want to share your love of music? Would you like to make a difference to the future of music in our community and our country? Supporting the School of Music makes a crucial difference in the education of Canada’s next generation of artists, educators, and scholars.

Our department’s comprehensive and hands-on philosophy means it is not enough to merely study music. We believe that students learn by doing and should be engaged in every aspect of music-making as an integral part of their education. 

Our funding dilemma

However, to continue this important work, the department must fundraise to cover essential expenses that make up the core of our program. This includes studio equipment, instruments and their maintenance, facility upgrades, guest artist fees, and event costs.

University funding does not cover all of the costs of producing our events. Our ticket prices – deliberately kept low (and often free) to keep live music accessible to all audiences – only cover a portion of our production expenses. We rely on donations to remain fiscally responsible. 

Please consider making a difference in the education experience of our students by making a tax-deductible donation, establishing a bursary or scholarship to help students directly, sponsoring a concert series or program, contributing to a special fundraising project, or leaving a legacy for future generations.

From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot in front of the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings.”

Helen Hayes, Actress & Philanthropist

No matter the size of your donation, your annual support contributes greatly to costs directly related to our school and programming.

Individual donors will receive a personal letter from the department director. Tax-deductible receipts are issued through the University of Victoria. 100% of donations given directly to the School of Music are used to support department programming.

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Music students have one of the busiest schedules on campus. Between classes, ensemble rehearsals, and personal practice, it leaves little time for a part time job. Your support can help them achieve their best while at UVic. From entrance scholarships for first year students through to scholarships for graduate students, help ensure UVic continues to attract the best and brightest!

Consider setting up an endowment fund for the permanent annual support of a bursary or scholarship award.

  • Bursaries are awarded to students who are able to show financial need.
  • Scholarships are awarded to students who show academic excellence.
  • Leave a legacy or honour someone in perpetuity by establishing an award in his or her name.
  • Designate an award for students in a specific area of study or specialization. Click here to see a list of Music awards.
  • Awards are attributed to students through UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid in conjunction with the department.

For details contact our .

Contributing to one of the School of Music's special projects assists us to reach long-term creative goals and to maintain our state of the art facility and concert spaces.

Here are some other opportunities in the department:

  • Acoustic and audio/visual upgrades for the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
  • Endowed funding for an annual guest artist/instructor
  • Electronic/recording studio equipment

For details about these or other opportunities, please contact our .

Music engages us to think more broadly, feel more deeply and aspire to greater things. We have all left a profound musical experience feeling more human and more connected to our world. Planned giving offers the opportunity for you to make a difference and leave a personal legacy for the future of music.

In consultation with your financial advisors, our planned giving program can assist you to reach your philanthropic goals and ensure the intent of your current or future gift. Whether through a bequest in a will or through life insurance, endowments, and trusts, planned giving can also offer significant tax benefits while allowing the donor to maintain financial security.

For more information see UVic Planned Giving or contact our .