When you give to CIM, you help produce new musical talent for the world's leading orchestras and opera companies. You help create a new generation of outstanding teachers and performers. And you help stimulate the love and understanding of music worldwide. 

We could not provide world-class programs to our students and audiences without a generous community of patrons. 

There are many ways to show your support.


Every gift to our Annual Fund helps us bring superior educational experiences to talented young musicians.

It allows us to manage operating expenses and provide resources and scholarships, to keep CIM accessible to the most promising students, no matter their level of need. 

Happy CIM Students


Scholarships can support the education of degree-seeking students in our conservatory program or students taking lessons in our preparatory and continuing education programs. 

Student with Blue Cello Case in Hallway

Corporate Giving

In addition to supporting the performing arts, corporate sponsorship allows businesses to gain recognition, participate in the community, and invest in the economic benefits CIM brings to the region.


Planned Giving

While the benefits of a planned gift may include tax advantages and life-long income for you and/or family members, the most enduring benefit is the legacy you will create. 

CIM Student in Severance


Endowed funds provide a permanent source of income for CIM's needs, and can be designated or named in honor or remembrance of a loved one. 

Happy CIM Students Backstage

How Your Gift Will Make an Impact

Over 98% of CIM conservatory students receive scholarship support from our Annual Fund, endowed scholarships and foundations.

We are the largest provider of live classical music in Northern Ohio, offering more than 300 performances a year to the public, free of charge.

We also support a Virtual Learning Program to connect students and music teachers around the world, and perform at local schools, hospitals and senior centers. 

Donor Spotlight

Isabelle Durrenberger Named 2017 Payne Fund Prize Winner

Cleveland Institute of Music sophomore Isabelle Durrenberger dazzled the CIM faculty judges with her flawless performance of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto in CIM’s Fall Concerto Competition. Her exquisite presentation earned Ms. Durrenberger one of the coveted concerto performances with the CIM Orchestra, as well as the prestigious 2017 Payne Fund Prize, which provides a CIM student or recent alum the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.

Isabelle Durrenberger

CIM Student Isabelle Durrenberger Named 2017 Payne Fund Prize Winner

Concerts and events

Dec 12 Wed
2:00 pm
First Master of Music Recital: Winnie Liao, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Dec 12 Wed
6:00 pm
Junior Recital: Shiyoung Choi, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Dec 15 Sat
11:30 am
Preparatory Cello Studio Recital
Preparatory & Continuing Education
Dec 16 Sun
2:00 pm
Preparatory Cello Studio Recital
Preparatory & Continuing Education
Jan 12 Sat
6:00 pm
First Master of Music Recital: Gabe Napoli, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals