Department of Music

Giving Opportunities

Each year, the Department of Music is able to offer financial support to remarkable students in part through the generous support of individual donors. Gifts of all amounts help to make possible the musical education of students from Alabama and beyond through the general music fund. Contributions are used for a variety of needs including competitive student scholarships based on talent, need and/or academic achievement. Additionally, funds can be used for instrument acquisition, facility improvement, guest artists and lecturers, and other areas of need that contribute to a rich learning environment.

Gifts can be in various forms, such as cash, securities, real estate or personal property. Checks should be made payable to the AU Foundation and mailed to 321 Biggin Hall, Auburn, AL  36849. To make a gift online and contribute to the success of the Department of Music, please follow this link to the online giving form.

Give Online

For more information on contributing to the general music fund, please contact the College of Liberal Arts Office of Development at or (334) 844-1483.

Endowed funds can significantly provide for the Department of Music’s financial strength and stability. An endowed gift is one that is held in perpetuity. The gift is invested, with portions of the earned interest used for donor-specified purposes.  The principal is preserved, and the remaining interest is returned to the investment to offset inflation. In a sense, it is the gift that keeps on giving. The funds of these generous gifts are used as directed by the donor. Such areas include scholarships and awards, facility enhancement and additions and instrument or technology acquisition.

Endowed scholarships are one of the best ways to make a difference in a music school. This is beneficial for both the student and school alike. While the student benefits from the financial assistance, the school is maintaining its commitment to excellence by attracting high-quality students. The Department of Music is always delighted to be able to financially assist deserving students in their musical and academic endeavors. Listed below are examples of endowments, scholarships and awards made possible through the kind support of donors to the Department of Music. 

Kay Reynolds Beaty Endowment for Scholarships in Music
Campbell Family Music Endowment
Glenn F. Gross Memorial Scholarship
Mamie L. Hardy Endowed Scholarship in Music
Harry Family Music Endowment
Alma Dark Howard Memorial Music Scholarship
Drs. T. and Soma Nagendren Scholarship
Blanca Renard Award
John William Tamblyn Endowed Scholarship in Music
Robert James Malone Fund for Scholarships
Benjamin and Roberta Russell Foundation Endowed Fund for AU Singers 
R. C. Wakefield Endowment Fund
Rev. Chette Williams Family and Joseph, Samuel, and Luke Smith Endowed Scholarship for the Gospel Choir

The Auburn University Bands also has an endowment to specifically support the Auburn band program. To learn about and contribute to this campaign, please visit

For information on establishing an endowed scholarship or any other scholarship or award, please contact the College of Liberal Arts Office of Development at or (334) 844-1483.

There are several ways contributors can offer significant and lasting support of the Department of Music through estate, retirement and life insurance planning.  To find out how a planned or deferred gift to the Department can meet your philanthropic goals, please contact the College of Liberal Arts Office of Development at or (334) 844-1483.

The Department of Music seeks to build mutually beneficial partnerships with members of the business community. There are several ways to offer support:

Underwrite or sponsor special events
Make a one-time or renewable gift
Establish a student scholarship or award
Contribute an in-kind gift (such as a musical instrument or equipment)
Contribute the gift of your services or products

To find out more about how you can partner with the Department of Music, please contact the College of Liberal Arts Office of Development at or (334) 844-1483.

Last Updated: August 17, 2020