Giving Opportunities

Named Spaces

Settlement Music School offers its supporters many ways to memorialize their commitment to the school, including named spaces at any of its six branches. Items ranging from trees and outside benches to teaching studio spaces and recital halls may be available to name in honor of a loved one. Named spaces are listed annually in annual reports or school catalogs and are recognized with appropriate signage, perpetually. Please contact Amelia Schmertz, Director of Development, at 215.320.2682 for more information and a complete list of naming opportunities.

Tuition Subsidy Funds

Settlement offers financial assistance to 40% of its students, granting close to $2 million in aid each year to families with demonstrated need. Donors are invited to provide tuition subsidy funds that may be established at any gift level and are expended over a period of years as agreed to by the donor. Student recipients are notified of the fund name when aid is awarded and donors are further recognized in printed material for the duration of the fund. Please contact Amelia Schmertz, Director of Development, at 215.320.2682 for more information.

Tribute and Memory Gifts

Your gift may be made in honor or in memory of a specific person or Settlement Music School program. Your designation may be indicated on the Give Now form, via phone or mail. Please provide the name and the address of the tribute recipient you wish notified. A minimum gift of $25 is suggested for each tribute recipient.

Sounds of Young Philadelphia

Funded in part by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Sounds of Young Philadelphia program provides individual lessons, ensemble participation and many other opportunities for students' to further their musical and leadership skills. Learn more about or make a gift to support the Sounds of Young Philadelphia program.

Founders Society

Since its founding in 1908, Settlement has been guided by the extraordinary vision of its founders, Jeanette Selig Frank and Blanche Wolf Kohn, the dedicated and innovative work of its faculty, the commitment of its trustees and the generous, enthusiastic support of the community. It is this tradition of service, vision, dedication, commitment and generosity that we honor through the Founders Society.

Settlement Music School's Founders Society recognizes and celebrates those individuals who provide significant support through the Annual Fund in the following categories:

Benefactor's Circle ($1,000-$2,499)

  • Inclusion on Settlement’s Donor Wall at each of Settlement’s branches
  • Invitations to special concerts & receptions (Annual Concert, Advanced Study, Distinguished Faculty, & Orchestra Concerts)
  • Recognition at the Annual Founders Society Reception

Trustees' Circle ($2,500 - $4,999)

  • All of the above
  • Personal guided tour of Settlement’s onsite and offsite activities

President's Circle ($5,000 - $9,999)

  • All of the above
  • Invitation to a dinner with Settlement’s Executive Director, Helen Eaton

Chairman's Circle ($10,000 - $24,999)

  • All of the above
  • A Settlement Advanced Study Ensemble concert in your home or workplace

New Century Circle ($25,000 and above)

  • All of the above
  • Exclusive and one-of-a-kind access to events and opportunities through Settlement’s extensive network

For more information about the benefits of being a member of the Founders Society, please contact Kaylyn Edelman at 215.320.2684 or via email.