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150th Anniversary Campaign

The Boston Conservatory is one of the most respected performing arts colleges in the nation. Founded in 1867, it is the nation’s first conservatory and for generations it has relied on the support of alumni, parents, friends, foundations and corporations.

Exceeding Expectations:
The 150th Anniversary Campaign

The largest and most ambitious fund-raising campaign in the history of The Boston Conservatory, Exceeding Expectations: The 150th Anniversary Campaign, is a comprehensive $21 million effort that will significantly strengthen the Conservatory’s endowment, provide much-needed funds for capital projects and support the annual operating budget for a strong and successful future. 


The Ipswich Street Project

A new Boston landmark is taking shape on our campus: a 20,000-square foot state-of-the-art building will house classrooms, studios, practice rooms and performance spaces. Designed by Handel Architects, this building provides the first permanent home for these critical teaching and rehearsal spaces. Strategically located within minutes of our front door at 8 The Fenway (and across the street from historic Fenway Park), the facility provides exciting new visibility for the Conservatory both to local residents and visitors to the area. Learn more here.

A Passion for the Future 

With a record of more than two decades of balanced budgets and small operating surpluses, The Boston Conservatory is a financially stable and economically sound institution. But until now, no concerted effort has been made to secure endowment funds. Student scholarships, faculty salaries and capital needs are all underfunded in comparison to similar institutions. We are building an endowment that will support at least 5% of our annual operating budget, giving us greater financial stability and predictability and allow us to increase the amount of scholarship we provide to deserving students.

Essential Operating Support

The Annual Fund—unrestricted gifts that support the day-to-day operations of the Conservatory’s mission—helps bridge the revenue gap between tuition and fees, and the real costs of providing this intensive training. Gifts to the Annual Fund directly support financial aid, library resources, technology, production and extraordinary teaching. Maintaining a healthy Annual Fund is essential to our continuing success, and the Campaign includes Annual Fund support for the fiscal years 2014-2017. Learn more here.

How to Give

Performing arts education requires a community of professional and aspiring artists collectively engaged in real space and time. The Boston Conservatory’s intimate size, commitment to the individual and readiness to innovate serve this interest with a collective vision of the future that is ambitious, transformative, and achievable. The challenges ahead are great, but so too is the opportunity. Your gift makes a difference—to our campaign, to our community and to the future of the performing arts. Please play your part in this amazing story! Learn more here.

“Times like these sharpen our focus on what really matters in life. As an organization, we have never been more committed to our mission. The education of our students is the single most important responsibility we have, not just for the preservation of the performing arts we treasure, but for fueling and sharing our sense of wonder and for expanding possibilities of the human spirit. I am grateful every day to be a part of this community and to share that responsibility with you all.” —Richard Ortner, President

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