The Flint Institute of Music plays an important role in our community by providing outstanding music, dance and theatre experiences for people of all ages, from infants to senior citizens. Symphony concerts, music lessons, drama lessons, dance classes and live plays are just some of the hundreds of performances and classes that take place each year, providing our community with a rich and wonderful resource few others—of any size—enjoy.
But the FIM does much more. World-class soloists performing with the FSO, a range of classes and programs that make the FSPA the 8th largest community music school in the country, and moving, original plays that have made their way to Capitol Hill, have helped the FIM establish an outstanding reputation that reaches far beyond our city. People from an 18-county region participate in our programs—in fact, more than 300,000 visits are made each year! Visitors from outside the area also discover other amazing organizations on the Cultural Center campus like the Flint Institute of Arts, Sloan Museum, Whiting Auditorium, Longway Planetarium and The Buick Gallery. They shop at local stores and eat at local restaurants, and in the process, help build the very fabric of our community.
The FIM represents a powerful catalyst for transformation. Experiences in the performing arts help us as individuals learn, experience and grow in meaningful new ways. Those positive experiences extend to the community, as well, helping breaking down barriers and negative perceptions about our city and giving it a chance to grow and prosper.
It takes the support of an entire community to help the FIM sustain these important and far-reaching programs, and we need your support. Here are just a few examples of what your contribution can do:
• Provide a visit to an elementary school by the Troubadours, a lively string quartet and storytellers who bring fun, educational, character-building programs to 30,000 young students each year. This is the first time many of the children see a violin, viola or cello, and their fascination turns to pure excitement when they actually have the chance to hold and play the instruments.
• Nurture the creative spirit of a seven-year-old in a Flint Youth Theatre Drama School class as he learns to use his imagination and creative play to bring a favorite book to life.
• At the Flint School of Performing Arts, create a supportive and nurturing learning environment in which a high school ballet student can prepare to pursue dreams of dancing on stage in Nutcracker…and, perhaps, beyond.
• Provide classical concerts that touch the hearts and souls of individuals from all walks of life who come together to share in the joy of live music.
As this pie chart shows, FIM realizes less than one third of its operating income from tuition and ticket sales. So, it must rely on endowment income, grants and donations to make up the rest. Our goal each year is to raise $600,000 in donations—and that is where we need your help.
By making a contribution, you automatically become a member of the FIM, and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a difference in the lives of others. Should you choose, you will receive a variety of tangible benefits, as well, including a tax deduction and recognition in FIM promotional materials.
There are many ways you can give.
Donate now using our secure order form to any of these areas - Individual Donations, Corporate Donations, Scholarships, Memorials and Tributes, Planned Giving, and Endowments.