Give to the CBMR

The Center for Black Music Research enjoys the support of its parent organization, Columbia College Chicago, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which provides ongoing basic operating support for its staff, space, and supplies. However, the CBMR is responsible for raising significant external funding to support its patron services and programming, including symposia and panel discussions, performance programs, fellowships, commissioned art installations, publications, and special research initiatives.

A small but significant portion of this funding has always come from individuals, as CBMR Associate memberships, special funds and other kinds of gifts, as well as publication subscriptions and sales. Individual, foundation, and corporate contributions are the primary financial and in-kind support for the Center's programming and collections access.

Individual Giving: Join the Center for Black Music Research Society

You can support the Center by joining the new Center for Black Music Research Society at one of five levels, with different benefits of memberships available. Please use the College's general giving page for now by clicking the blue "Donate!" button below. This premier access program is hot off the press! Stay tuned for more information on the website, or call 312-369-7559 with questions.

Once on the "Give to Columbia College Chicago web page, simply indicate the amount you want to give and select "Other" from the drop-down menu. You can then write in "CBMR Society" in the fill-in blank.


Charitable Bequests and Planned Giving

Regardless of the size of the gift, planned and deferred giving support the CBMR’s ongoing operation and may provide tax benefits to you and your heirs.

You may also set up memorial gifts, give fellowship support, general operating support, and specific campaign support, such as the Dumas and Tucker funds. Details on existing special funds are below.


The CBMR has an impressive record of attracting one-time, multi-year, and continuing grants from more than fifty corporate, private, and government foundations and funding agencies. It seeks grant funds to support its public programming, special research initiatives, and digital preservation.


For grants, individual contributions, deferred giving, and to establish new individual campaigns, please contact:

Michelle Ferguson, Assistant to the Dean
(312) 369-7027

Material Gifts

The CBMR Library and Archives are a leading repository for scores and music by black composers and for personal papers, recording collections, and research collections. The CBMR welcomes and encourages donations and bequests of materials that will increase the research value and use of its holdings, particularly sheet music and scores including unpublished music manuscripts, photographs, film and video footage, recordings, and archival and manuscript materials concerning all aspects of black music and dance. Of special interest to the CBMR are scores and papers of contemporary composers and jazz artists, recordings and other materials about gospel music, and recordings of and materials about popular music idioms, particularly rap and hip hop as created and practiced throughout the African diaspora.

We encourage donors to consult the CBMR Archivist before donating materials:

Laurie Lee Moses, Archivist and Digital Librarian
(312) 369-7518

Special Funds

Individual campaigns have been established in honor of music scholars, musicians, and supporters; and to support new research and programming. See below for details on scope, and ways you can increase their impact.