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Special Funds


The Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra is a diverse institution that reaches many areas of the local, regional, national and international markets. It is one of the things that makes this organization world-class, and it is why you choose to be a part of the Orchestra family. The yearly support that we receive from patrons like you makes the music happen regularly, but there are many other opportunities to support your Orchestra. From the special funds that you can regularly support to one-time needs, you have a unique opportunity to provide extraordinary support to an extraordinary organization.

From time to time the Orchestra will share special, one-time funding opportunities on this site. For more information on these or any special support opportunities please contact the Philanthropy Department at 513.744.3271. Some of the opportunities regularly available include:

The Erich Kunzel Pops Legacy Fund

The Erich Kunzel Pops Legacy Fund was established by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors in order to carry out artistic and programming initiatives as well as legacy tributes to perpetuate the impact of Maestro Kunzel and to ensure that future generations will experience the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Your gift directly supports the activities and programs of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and helps to ensure that the legacy of Maestro Kunzel endures. To donate to the Erich Kunzel Pops Legacy Fund please call 513.744.3271.

Gift of Music
A long-standing program of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Gift of Music provides a way for donors to honor someone on their birthday, wedding, anniversary, birth of a child or grandchild, or for any other special occasion. Gift of Music may also be used to make memorial gifts. Prompt notification of the gift is sent to those being honored or the next of kin in the case of a memorial gift. To donate to the Gift of Music Fund, please call 513.744.3271.

Fund for the Norman E. Johns Chair
The Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) of the Cincinnati Symphony Association established the Norman E. Johns Chair of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra in 1995. Honoring Mr. Johns' more than two decades of service to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the community, the award encourages the participation of talented high school orchestral students traditionally underrepresented in symphony youth orchestra programs. The award is given annually to support African-American, Latino and American Indian students in their pursuit of music and covers the cost of tuition in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth OrchestraTo donate to the Fund for the Norman E. Johns Chair, please call 513.744.3271.