Support the VSO School of Music

The VSO School of Music was conceived in 2003 to enrich lives through the joy of learning, playing and performing the World’s great music, and to make these experiences accessible to all, regardless of age, ability and playing level. Since the school opened its doors in 2011, we have welcomed over 1,800 students and their families, from babies of 3 months experiencing rhythm and sound for the first time, to seniors rediscovering their love of playing music.

As a not-for-profit organization, the school relies on philanthropic and sponsorship support for approximately 15% of its annual operating budget. Contributions and sponsorships help us to maintain our outstanding facilities, provide world-class music education opportunities and support to our students, and continue to expand our programs and service to our community.

To ensure that the VSO School remains strong for the many generations it will serve in the years to come, we invite support from foundations, corporations and individuals to invest in this unique and important cultural and educational endeavour.

Please join us in this exciting venture. We look forward to welcoming you as a supporter of one of Vancouver’s newest and most unique music institutions.

You can support the School by making a gift to one of the following areas:

The Friends of the VSO School Annual Fund

Gifts of any size to the Friends of the VSO School Annual Fund allow the School to focus support wherever the need is greatest and as educational opportunities present themselves. Gifts made to the Fund ensure that we are able to maintain our reputation for excellence and respond quickly to critical funding needs as they arise. We welcome single gifts and regular support at all levels. You can either give online or contact us for more information.

Supporting Students with a Named Scholarship or Bursary

Financial investors help us make the highest-quality instruction available for the widest range of students, regardless of background and circumstances. Scholarships and bursaries are vital to our students’ ability to begin or continue their studies at the School. Gifts supporting a named scholarship begin at $3,700 per year. You can either give online or contact us for more information.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Exciting partnership opportunities at the School include named sponsorship of the annual Future of Excellence Competition Prize; program partnerships, a series of Masterclasses with Guest Artists; student recitals and opportunities for students to experience VSO rehearsals on stage as listeners inside the orchestra. Sponsorships for activities range from $1,000–$50,000. Please contact us to learn more about these projects.

Planned Giving

You can make your mark on the future of the School, reflect your life-long charitable goals, and achieve the best tax savings possible by making a bequest or planned gift. Estate gifts strengthen the long-term financial security of the School and ensure that we will continue to inspire our community through the joy of learning great music for years to come. Please contact us to learn about the value of planned giving.

Gifts of Stocks, Securities and Real Estate

Gifts of securities, stocks, mutual fund shares and real estate can be made to the School. Please contact us to learn more about the benefits of contributing these assets to the future of the VSO School of Music.

For more information on how your gift can help, please contact Ms. Curtis Pendleton by email: or on 604 915 9300 x 114.

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