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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

In a typical season, ticket sales cover about 40% of UMS’s operating expenses to present more than 60 performances and extensive educational programming. With limited in-venue performances this year, we are relying on our patrons and supporters now more than ever. We invite you to Stay Present with UMS through your participation and financial commitment as we continue to invest in artists through virtual performances, digital artist residencies, and the kind of personal, informative conversations to add context you’ve come to expect from UMS — all free of charge for the public, creating expanded access to the performing arts across the country and beyond.

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UMS Forward FundUMS Forward Fund

The Forward Fund will provide funding for UMS over the next 2-3 seasons as we safely return to live events. In the 2021/22 season alone, we are projecting a $1 million loss as a result of public health and safety measures.

During the pandemic, our service to the community never stopped, even while our venues were shuttered. We presented dozens of free digital presentations that connected the beauty and emotion of the performing arts to people all over the world.

As we return to live performances, we will continue to offer programming in the digital sphere, sharing our creativity with new audiences that transcend geographic boundaries.

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U-M Student Experiences

University of Michigan students

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

K-12 Dance Workshop

We believe every child deserves access to the arts. Although many students are learning online this year, UMS remains committed to providing children with access to high-quality performing arts experiences through virtual School Day Performances and workshops, and easy-to-use online classroom tools like learning guides and our new Performance Playground series.

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Renegade/ Adventurous ProgrammingRenegade Programming

For those who color outside the lines and challenge norms. Support the increasingly important work of adventurous artists who take risks, defy convention, and push the boundaries of their craft.

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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.