Development Initiatives

Since its founding in 1931, the Music Library Association has become the world’s leading association for music information professionals. It has grown into a dynamic organization numbering over 1,800 music librarians, publishers, educators, and others interested in music and performing arts information.

Your gift makes a difference! The Music Library Association supports a variety of scholarship through research and publication awards, and other special programs (see more details about these on our "Donate to MLA” page). Giving to MLA is also a thoughtful way to honor the living or to remember the deceased. Designate a specific fund or support MLA goals where funds are most needed. Gifts from individuals, organizations, businesses, and foundations are critical to our mission.

Every gift, of any size, helps MLA and is greatly appreciated. The value of your contribution can be doubled by an employer through a matching gift program. Check with the employer to see if they offer this program.

Your donation will help ensure a successful and vital future for the Music Library Association. Gifts to MLA may be deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.


Why donate to MLA?

Maintaining MLA’s position as the leader in the field requires an ongoing commitment. Our mission is to train new music information professionals, provide assistance with research, publish material relevant to the field, and present diverse speakers at conferences in order to enhance the knowledge of our members.


Choose How to Give

Unrestricted donations

MLA’s Board of Directors determines the use of unrestricted contributions based on the association’s current and future priorities.

Orpheus Society

We invite your annual gift to The Orpheus Society at the following levels:

Founder's Level: $2,500+

President's Level: $1,000 +

President's Level members are invited to the Donors’ Reception with the MLA President during any given annual conference. Founder's Level members are invited to the Donors’ Reception with the MLA President during any given annual conference, and will be acknowledged during the Business Meeting at the annual conference.

Ostinato Club

The Ostinato Club is a giving circle for those MLA members who would like to donate to the Association on a monthly basis. Regular monthly payments may be made by credit card, in any amount starting at $10.00 per month, and may be directed to any of MLA’s endowment funds, or be designated as an unrestricted gift. Enrollment in the Ostinato Club is simple; when making a donation, simply select "Recurring Monthly Donation (until cancelled)” under "Donation Type.”

Gift of Stock

A gift of appreciated securities, such as stock and mutual funds, is an excellent way to support MLA. Not only is giving stock simple, but it can provide a greater tax benefit for you and your favorite charity than an equivalent cash gift.

Contact our Development Officer, Lindsay J. Hansen Brown, with any questions you may have.


Planned Giving

MLA also offers planned giving opportunities.


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About MLA

The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.