Every donation made to the Cleveland Institute of Music directly impacts our students, but perhaps not as much as endowed and annual fund scholarships.

Endowed Scholarships

CIM’s endowment fund provides a reliable stream of annual income that supports all aspects of the Institute. From funding the difference-making scholarships for the world’s best classical music students to providing the dollars to maintain top-notch performance facilities to attracting the finest faculty in classical music, CIM’s endowment makes it all possible. Named scholarship opportunities begin at a minimum principal gift of $100,000.

Gifts to the Cleveland Institute of Music's endowment create a long-lasting legacy and secure the future of classical music by providing ongoing transformational experiences for CIM students.

Annual Fund Scholarships

Giving to scholarships through CIM’s Annual Fund is a unique way to connect personally to our students. Nearly 100% of CIM students receive financial assistance, making it possible to receive the world-class education at CIM. Providing scholarships ensures that CIM continues to attract exceptionally talented students to Cleveland from around the world. With your support, CIM can offer nearly 350 concerts every year—most of which are free and open to the public—and students can spend time as teaching artists at the Cleveland School for the Arts and collaborate with partner institutions in University Circle.

Annually funded scholarship support is critical to CIM’s success. Scholarships are awarded based on several factors, including a student’s area of study, academic merit, artistic talent and financial need. Designating your Annual Fund gift to scholarship support makes your generosity truly impactful for CIM students.


If you have any questions or wish to further discuss endowed and/or annual fund scholarships, please contact Nancy Snell at nancy.snell@cim.edu or call 216.791.4388.