Responsible for the identification, acquisition, solicitation, and retention of donors in support of the mission of Manhattan School of Music through face-to-face, online and direct mail solicitations and communications.
Help create, implement, and achieve a multi-year strategic fundraising plan in accordancewith goals set forth in the current five-year Manhattan School of Music strategic plan culminating in the celebration of MSM’s centennial in 2018-19.
Achieve significant financial growth in increased annual gifts for the College and Precollege.
Expand the local, national and international donor community of MSM.
Manage a portfolio of prospects and donors capable of giving in the $500 - $5,000 range.
Help create a donor communications and solicitation strategy for the year with a detailed content calendar, clearly identified donor segments, and targeted strategies for each segment.
Implementation and management of all direct mail campaigns.
Serve as the primary contact for direct mail vendors.
Help identify stories and content of interest to MSM donors by working with the Office of Media and Communications, Alumni Office, President’s Office, and select faculty and students.
Track and provide monthly analysis of direct mail and annual fund campaigns.
Create print and electronic material in support of fundraising efforts such as: newsletters, brochures, impact reports, President’s notes, etc.
Identify, hire and supervise enthusiastic MSM students to thank recent donors and to
connect with alumni for donor acquisition over the phone.
Work with the Assistant Vice President to ensure donor benefits are meaningful to donors and help maximize donors full giving potential.
Create, distribute, and analyze donor surveys and focus groups to provide accurate and meaningful feedback.
Manage the stewardship of annual and endowed named scholarships at the College and Precollege levels. This includes acquiring biographies and thank you letters from all recipients of aforementioned scholarships.
Manhattan School of Music is deeply committed to excellence in education, performance, and creative activity; to the humanity of the School’s environment; and to the cultural enrichment of the larger community. A premier international conservatory, MSM inspires and empowers highly talented individuals to realize their potential. MSM takes full advantage of New York’s abundant learning and performa...nce opportunities, preparing its students to be accomplished and passionate performers, composers, and teachers and imaginative, effective contributors to the arts and society.
From its beginnings as a small settlement music school to its current incarnation as a top, international conservatory, Manhattan School of Music has upheld a tradition of excellence in professional music education. The School was founded in 1918 by pianist and philanthropist, Janet Daniels Schenck. Then called the Neighborhood Music School, it was located on Manhattan’s East Harlem and tasked with bringing high-quality musical training to the immigrant communities of New York City. By re-establishing the musical communities that had existed in these immigrants’ home countries, Schenck hoped to further the nascent cause of American music. To that end, the School developed its resources to educate the complete musician.
Under the current leadership of Dr. James Gandre, who assumed the presidency in May 2013, Manhattan School of Music continues to uphold the mission that Janet Schenck began nearly 100 years ago. Now home to 965 students from more than 50 countries, the School is a thriving international community of artists. As MSM continues to grow, its focus remains the same: the education of tomorrow’s leaders in the arts.