Planned Giving

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Founders Circle – The Planned Giving Program of Community Music Center

Piano lesson at CMC's Richmond Branch

A piano lesson at the Richmond branch of Community Music center
Photo: Heidi Schumann for CMC.

Nearly One Century

One Mission

Hundreds of thousands of lives touched by music at Community Music Center

We know that music is a very important part of your life, and that you have been generous in sharing it with others. We invite you to make a planned gift from your estate to CMC. Your gift will leave an enduring legacy, making it possible for CMC to continue to teach music making for generations to come.

The Founders Circle honors people who have included Community Music Center in their estate plans. Today, we are pleased to recognize over 50 members of the Founders Circle. Members will be invited to many exciting events, including the Annual Founders Luncheon. Membership in the Founders Circle is intended to serve as a lasting acknowledgement of the donors’ generosity, and CMC commits to publishing the names of all donors annually, in perpetuity.

Planned gifts are indispensable to CMC. Over the years, these gifts have increased CMC’s endowment, provided scholarship support, and allowed for critical investments in program development and infrastructure. View sample language that might be included in a bequest.

Through a planned gift, supporters can make a significant gift from their estate that may not have been possible during their lifetime. Planned gifts can include bequests of cash, insurance proceeds, retirement accounts, real or personal property or securities. Read the testimonial of Founders Circle members Karl and Ann Ludwig.

The original founder, Gertrude Field, established Community Music Center in 1921 and served as its director through 1946. She expressed her vision for making music accessible with these words:

“We are not primarily concerned about the evolution of concert artists, though we give special attention to and encourage those who show exceptional talent. Our aim is to create a musical atmosphere in the home by giving children the means of expression.”

CMC has honored Gertrude’s vision from the very beginning in 1921. We are proud to be among the oldest and most respected of San Francisco’s cultural institutions. We take even greater pride in having stayed true to her commitment to teach music making to children and adults in all walks of life, at all levels of achievement. It is a mission that has only grown in importance – to our students and their families, and to our city – in the intervening years.

We would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you and, if you like, with your advisors, about the possibility of a planned gift to Community Music Center. Planned giving helps us carry out our mission for generations to come.

Will you contact us so that we can start a conversation? Please write or call Mary Ann Grossman, CMC’s Development Director. Mary Ann can be reached at or by phone at 415-647-6015, extension 76.