"Should I donate funds to the Conductors Guild"? 

The answer isn't complicated, but hopefully it reaches into your heart
and soul to the music you perform and the work that you do.

 “This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more beautifully,
more devotedly than ever before.”

                           - Leonard Bernstein

 The Conductors Guild is the largest music service organization devoted solely to the advancement of the art of conducting and to serving the artistic and professional needs of conductors.

We are a highly diverse community of musicians and performers offering membership to over 1,600 conductors and institutions from the United States and more than forty countries involved with instrumental and/or vocal music, including symphony and chamber orchestra, opera, ballet/dance, chorus, music theater, wind ensemble, and band.

The Conductors Guild offers conductors mentoring opportunities, job prospecting listings, an annual conference, training workshops, Symposia and meetings, as well as extensive reference materials such as the Journal of the Conductors Guild. In addition, resources, such as the Conducting Bibliography, and Preparing a Videotape, are available for its members.

Providing this extensive and diverse list of services requires more financial support than what membership dues can generate.   To bridge the financial gap, the Conductors Guild, as a 501 C 3 not-for-profit corporation, requests and accepts
donations to cover the difference between expenses and income.


How to Contribute to the Conductors Guild

Donate today to support the work of the Conductors Guild:

  1. Cash contributions are accepted via credit cards or checks.  You can indicate the area you would like your donation to support - such as providing travel assistance to conducting workshop participants, in honor or memory of someone, or the national conference. 
  2. Or, specify your donation to the Annual General Support Campaign.
  3. You will also support the Conductors Guild using Amazon Smile or through Corporate Matching Gifts.
  4. Sponsorships – workshop, symposia, conference, conductor chats.
  5. Donor Advised Funds

1. Cash contributions, including annual campaign and matching donations

Donations made to the Annual General Support Campaign which fund our yearly general operating expenses, such as the website, the member database, rent, postage, electricity, internet connection, etc., allow the Guild to provide top-notch service to our members.  Select from these suggestion amounts, or choose your own amount:

MAESTRO   $1,000 +
BEETHOVEN   $500 – $999
MAHLER   $250-$499
BRAHMS   $100 – $249
MOZART   $50 – $99


Corporate Matching

Does your employer have a matching gift program?
Many companies show they care about the causes that are important to their employees by matching donations made to non-profit organizations. Please check with your employer about matching gifts.

Support the Conductors Guild when you shop at Amazon

Proceeds benefit the Conductors Guild every time you shop.


When shopping at Amazon, simply log-in to smile.amazon.com and choose Conductors Guild as your charitable organization.

2. Sponsorships

Sponsoring events such as the Conference or Conductor Training Workshops: These include supporting specific projects offered by the Conductors Guild.  We will be happy to work with publishers, composers, music product vendors, and others in arranging specific sponsorship packages for our various projects.  If you are interested, please contact our executive director, Jan Wilson, at [email protected]  for more information.

3. Donor Advised Funds

Only the interest of the donation is used for specific purposes defined by the donor; this guarantees that the supported activity will continue year to year. In addition, it allows the donors’ name(s) to be connected with this sponsorship into perpetuity. Donor Advised Funds are usually given the name of the donor (e.g. the Sandy Dackow Scholarship Fund), have a well-defined purpose (e.g. to support scholarships for conducting study at one of the Conductors Guild sponsored Workshops for conductors over the age of 50) and are limited to a minimum amount before being operational (e.g. $10,000 to be fulfilled at $2,000/year for 5 years and which, after one year following maturity, produces 5% interest resulting in a scholarship of $500 per year).

4.   Planned Giving

What is a planned gift?  Planned gifts or planned giving are gifts that requires planning either now, or in the future.

The most common planned gift is the simple charitable bequest, or a gift in a donor’s will. Life insurance policies are also common planned
gifts.  Benefit from these types of gifts comes later for the charity, but planned giving are frequently some of the larger gifts charities receive.
While a gift in a will is the most common type of planned gift, not all planned gifts are deferred.

Here are some examples of planned gifts that result in current, rather than deferred, giving:
• Gifts of appreciated stock or property: A gift of this type can help the donor to avoid capital gains tax and result in a charitable gift deduction.
Consult your tax counselor for advice.
• Gifts from a Donor Advised Fund: If you have a donor advised fund, please consider designating the Conductors Guild for a grant.
• Gifts from an IRA Rollover: This allows our older individuals to be able to donate money from their IRA accounts.

Year-end is a good time to consider certain types of planned giving. For example, many people who own stocks re-balance their portfolios
toward the end of the year. While people tend to draft or update a will based on life events (i.e.: marriage, birth of child [or] grandchild, illness), some will choose to write or update a will toward the end of the year. As you make these long term financial decisions please consider giving to the charities that you support

If you’d like more information or to discuss your options for giving to the Conductors Guild, please call Jan Wilson (646)335-2032.

Making your contribution

The simplest method of contributing is by selecting Become a Conductors Guild Donor.  If you would rather contact us by mail or phone, please see the next section below.

Alternate methods for submitting information

How you donate to the Conductors Guild is your choice.  We are happy to receive checks via the US Mail service, or you can use our secure server and donate, online.  But, before you make your donation to the Conductors Guild, please complete this form 

Conductors Guild Donation Form (in PDF format) print a copy, and mail it to the Conductors Guild at the address listed below.

  1. MAIL – Conductors Guild / 15 E. Market Street, #22 / Leesburg, VA 20178
  2. PHONE – (202) 643-4791

 Thank you!

NOTE: Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.  Check with your tax preparer or accountant.

Donors will be listed in Conductors Guild publications, unless requested otherwise.

Thank you!