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Individual Giving

As the Leader and Best among nonprofit university arts presenters, UMS aims to bring the transformative power of music, theater, and dance to audiences, students, and community members across generations.

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Your investment makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission. Discover the ways to support UMS that are most meaningful to you:

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Artistic Season

Ticket sales only cover about 40% of UMS’s operating expenses to present more than 60 performances and extensive education programming each season. Play your part in keeping the University of Michigan a premier destination for the world’s greatest artists, who often make appearances in Ann Arbor well in advance of other touring cities across the United States and around the world.

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Renegade / Adventurous Programming

For those who color outside the lines and challenge norms. Support the increasingly important presentations of adventurous artists who take risks, defy convention, and push the boundaries of their craft. This includes UMS’s annual Renegade performances, plus the No Safety Net Festival of provocative theater works that foster timely conversations in safe spaces.

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U-M Student Experiences

UMS and the University of Michigan are proud to have one of the highest student attendance rates of university arts presenters nationwide. Your support makes it possible for us to offer affordable $12 and $20 tickets to high school and college students all season, master classes and opportunities to interact with guest artists, and arts industry internships — ensuring future generations of arts enthusiasts, advocates, and supporters.

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K-12 Student Experiences

We believe every child deserves access to the arts. Help UMS continue to offer annual School Day Performances to 8,000+ Southeast Michigan K-12 schoolchildren, as well as innovative workshops and interactive experiences to connect students with artists and creative minds.

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Connect With Us

For assistance, please contact the Development Office at 734-764-8489, or email Rachelle Michelon, Annual Giving Manager.

Tribute Gifts

UMS is grateful to accept tribute gifts in memory or honor of individuals. These donations can be made online or mailed directly to the Development Office. Please include a note describing who the donation is in memory and/or honor of, so we can ensure proper recognition.

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Endowment Fund

Endowment funds work together with operating funds to provide a diversified financial portfolio that addresses both current and long-term needs. They also allow UMS to plan further ahead and make commitments to major artistic projects (such as commissions) that must sometimes be secured several years in advance.

UMS’s endowment funds are managed by the University of Michigan, which earns one of the highest rates of return among university endowments. To make a gift to the UMS endowment fund with cash, appreciated stocks, or through a planned gift, please contact the development office.

Legacy Giving

Including UMS in your estate plan will help ensure that the extraordinary impact of the performing arts will continue in southeastern Michigan for generations to come.