Individual Giving

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Individual Giving


The Madison Symphony Orchestra is a treasured institution and source of cultural pride in our community. Through our performances in the concert hall, and nationally-recognized education and community engagement programs, the Madison Symphony Orchestra enriches, educates, and engages audiences in the greater Madison area.

Ticket sales cover less than half of the cost of producing a Symphony Season and Individual donors play an important part in helping the Symphony bridge that gap. Each season, gifts from individuals provide over 60% of our contributed income. We welcome and appreciate gifts of every amount. Your gift will support our efforts to share great music with everyone in the community.

Madison Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to the MSO are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Learn about Leadership Giving.

 

Donor Benefits

Prelude: $50 -$299
Benefits Available to Donors at the Prelude Level
  • Name listed in concert program books
  • Early access to single tickets before they are publicly on sale
Concerto: $300 – $749
Benefits Available to Donors at the Concerto Level
  • Invitation to one reception with Music Director John DeMain and MSO musicians
Plus Benefits from the Previous Level
  • Name listed in concert program books
  • Early access to single tickets before they are publicly on sale
Encore: $750 – $1,499
Benefits Available to Donors at the Encore Level
  • Open invitation to the MSO Donor Lounge before each concert and during intermission
  • Patron Bonus Card, offering a 10% discount at our partner restaurants
Plus Benefits from Previous Levels
  • Name listed in concert program books
  • Early access to single tickets before they are publicly on sale
  • Invitation to one reception with Music Director John DeMain and MSO musicians
Crescendo: $1,500 – $2,499
Benefits Available to Leadership Donors at the Crescendo Level
  • Private, reserved parking* just steps from Overture Hall
  • Open invitation to all receptions after the concerts
Plus Benefits from Previous Levels
  • Name listed in concert program books
  • Early access to single tickets before they are publicly on sale
  • Invitation to one reception with Music Director John DeMain and MSO musicians
  • Open invitation to the MSO Donor Lounge before each concert and during intermission
  • Patron Bonus Card, offering a 10% discount at our partner restaurants

*Benefits marked with an asterisk (*) have a fair market value and may reduce the tax-deductibility of your gift. Check with your financial advisor for details regarding your eligibility to receive these benefits if you make your gift through a donor-advised fund or private foundation.

Vivace: $2,500 – $4,999
Benefits Available to Leadership Donors at the Vivace Level
  • Invitation to “An Evening of Gratitude” donor appreciation event
  • Special behind-the-scenes opportunities during the season (i.e. back stage tour)
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets* to an Overture Concert Organ subscription concert and reception with guest artist(s)
Plus Benefits from Previous Levels
  • Name listed in concert program books
  • Early access to single tickets before they are publicly on sale
  • Invitation to one reception with Music Director John DeMain and MSO musicians
  • Open invitation to the MSO Donor Lounge before each concert and during intermission
  • Patron Bonus Card, offering a 10% discount at our partner restaurants
  • Private, reserved parking* just steps from Overture Hall
  • Open invitation to all receptions after the concerts

*Benefits marked with an asterisk (*) have a fair market value and may reduce the tax-deductibility of your gift. Check with your financial advisor for details regarding your eligibility to receive these benefits if you make your gift through a donor-advised fund or private foundation.

Maestro: $5,000 – $9,999
Benefits Available to Leadership Donors at the Maestro Level
  • Optional concert sponsorship recognition opportunities
  • Six (6) complimentary tickets* to regular MSO concerts (some restrictions may apply)
Plus Benefits from Previous Levels
  • Name listed in concert program books
  • Early access to single tickets before they are publicly on sale
  • Invitation to one reception with Music Director John DeMain and MSO musicians
  • Open invitation to the MSO Donor Lounge before each concert and during intermission
  • Patron Bonus Card, offering a 10% discount at our partner restaurants
  • Private, reserved parking* just steps from Overture Hall
  • Open invitation to all receptions after the concerts
  • Invitation to “An Evening of Gratitude” donor appreciation event
  • Special behind-the-scenes opportunities during the season (i.e. back stage tour)
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets* to an Overture Concert Organ subscription concert and reception with guest artist(s)

*Benefits marked with an asterisk (*) have a fair market value and may reduce the tax-deductibility of your gift. Check with your financial advisor for details regarding your eligibility to receive these benefits if you make your gift through a donor-advised fund or private foundation.

Gold Baton: $10,000 – $19,999
Benefits Available to Leadership Donors at the Gold Baton Level
  • Custom benefits including additional complimentary tickets* to regular MSO concerts, and “Major Sponsor” recognition
Plus Benefits from Previous Levels
  • Name listed in concert program books
  • Early access to single tickets before they are publicly on sale
  • Invitation to one reception with Music Director John DeMain and MSO musicians
  • Open invitation to the MSO Donor Lounge before each concert and during intermission
  • Patron Bonus Card, offering a 10% discount at our partner restaurants
  • Private, reserved parking* just steps from Overture Hall
  • Open invitation to all receptions after the concerts
  • Invitation to “An Evening of Gratitude” donor appreciation event
  • Special behind-the-scenes opportunities during the season (i.e. back stage tour)
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets* to an Overture Concert Organ subscription concert and reception with guest artist(s)
  • Optional concert sponsorship recognition opportunities
  • Six (6) complimentary tickets* to regular MSO concerts (some restrictions may apply)

*Benefits marked with an asterisk (*) have a fair market value and may reduce the tax-deductibility of your gift. Check with your financial advisor for details regarding your eligibility to receive these benefits if you make your gift through a donor-advised fund or private foundation.

Standing Ovation: $20,000 and Above
Benefits Available to Leadership Donors at the Standing Ovation Level
  • Additional custom benefits according to your interests
Plus Benefits from Previous Levels
  • Name listed in concert program books
  • Early access to single tickets before they are publicly on sale
  • Invitation to one reception with Music Director John DeMain and MSO musicians
  • Open invitation to the MSO Donor Lounge before each concert and during intermission
  • Patron Bonus Card, offering a 10% discount at our partner restaurants
  • Private, reserved parking* just steps from Overture Hall
  • Open invitation to all receptions after the concerts
  • Invitation to “An Evening of Gratitude” donor appreciation event
  • Special behind-the-scenes opportunities during the season (i.e. back stage tour)
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets* to an Overture Concert Organ subscription concert and reception with guest artist(s)
  • Optional concert sponsorship recognition opportunities
  • Custom benefits including additional complimentary tickets* to regular MSO concerts, and “Major Sponsor” recognition

*Benefits marked with an asterisk (*) have a fair market value and may reduce the tax-deductibility of your gift. Check with your financial advisor for details regarding your eligibility to receive these benefits if you make your gift through a donor-advised fund or private foundation.

Additional Ways to Give

Give by Phone

Call our office at (608) 257-3734 to make a gift by credit card over the phone.

Mail your gift

Make your check payable to:

Madison Symphony Orchestra
Attn: Manager of Individual Giving
222 W. Washington Ave., Suite 460
Madison, WI 53703

Make a gift of stock

The MSO is able to accept gifts of stock. Click here for detailed instructions on how to make a gift of stock to the Symphony.

Employer Matching Gifts

Many companies will match gifts of current and/or retired employees. Check with your Personnel, Benefits, or Community Relations department to find out if your employer will match your gift

Donor Advised Fund

To recommend a gift through your Donor-Advised Fund held by Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund, click here.

If your Donor-Advised Fund is held by a different financial institution, such as the Madison Community Foundation, contact them directly to recommend your gift.

Please note, these gifts may not be eligible for tangible benefits. Check with your financial adviser.

IRA Distribution

Individuals who are 70 ½ or older can make tax free gifts of up to $100,000 each year to the MSO directly from their Individual Retirement Accounts. Consult your financial advisor for more information.

Contact
Jeff Breisach, Manager of Individual Giving, at jbreisach@madisonsymphony.org or (608) 260-8680 ext. 233.