April 25, 2023

CIM receives largest alumni gift in school history

The front exterior of CIM with flowers on a sunny day

An anonymous gift of over $500,000 from a former student is the latest act of inspiring generosity driving CIM's Second Century Campaign.

The gift, the largest in CIM history from an alum, pushes the total in the ongoing Second Century Campaign well over $24 million.

The Second Century Campaign is a vital initiative guaranteeing that CIM remains a powerhouse driving the future of classical music in Cleveland, the U.S. and around the world.

Gifts to the campaign benefit students directly in the form of scholarships, lower tuition and capital improvements, including the renovation of Kulas Hall, CIM’s signature performance venue. In the long term, CIM will continue to attract top musical talent to train in Cleveland, through exceptional training, facilities and lower cost.

This gift endorses both major objectives of the Campaign. It will create a new scholarship ensuring that top-ranked students from around the world have access to the elite training and performance opportunities CIM offers. It also will assist in the renovation of Kulas Hall, the venue at the heart of CIM since its opening in 1961.

Generations of musicians attribute their professional success to the education they received at CIM, and in turn, CIM is proud to have played a significant role in so many lives and to have had such an enormous impact on the world of music.

Within the constellation of gifts CIM receives, the school is particularly honored by those from former students, whose generosity reflects the special place CIM occupies in their hearts. CIM also is profoundly grateful for the many other ways alumni aid the school as consultants, recruitment assistants, ambassadors, friends, and through service as Trustees, faculty and staff.

Please join us in thanking all alumni for their steadfast support and generosity. Simply put, CIM and the Second Century Campaign would not be where they are today without each and every one of them.