Campaign Initiatives

A $12-million campaign

The majority of the funds raised ($8 million) will create an endowment held in perpetuity to support Rockport Music’s operations each year. The building fund to preserve the Shalin Liu Performance Center ($4,000,000) will be utilized as needed to keep our hall in outstanding condition. The In Concert with You campaign incorporates the following major initiatives:


The Endowment portion of the campaign has two primary initiatives–Program Excellence and Artistic and Executive Leadership.  The Artistic Program Excellence Endowment funds will ensure our ability to continue to advance programmatic excellence in presenting exceptional live music in all genres, as well as to augment our education and outreach programs.

The Artistic and Executive Leadership Endowment funds enable Rockport Music to attract and retain key leaders who are passionate, innovative, and essential to shaping our vision of musical excellence and preserving Rockport Music’s high standards.


The Shalin Liu Performance Center Preservation Fund and the Shalin Liu Performance Center Building Preservation Endowment, established by a generous gift by Shalin Liu, will support the maintenance and care of our beautiful concert hall. Based upon careful review of useful life and replacement costs, this fund will ensure that equipment and building systems are properly maintained and upgraded as needed for the next 20 years.


In a bold statement of commitment to Rockport Music and its current campaign, an anonymous donor has generously committed $500,000 as a 1:1 challenge to donors and friends to give an additional $500,000 for our campaign objectives.


Beginning June 1, 2018, each new dollar given to the campaign will earn $1 in matching funds, providing Rockport Music with the funds needed to surpass our $12 million goal. Gifts of all sizes are needed and welcome.

A successful campaign will allow Rockport Music to continue providing exceptional musical experiences both in the stunning setting of the Shalin Liu Performance Center, as well as on the North Shore.  We will begin our next generation with enhanced artistic capacity, augmented leadership resources, and substantially improved financial security.  We invite you to be part of this special endeavor!


Thank you for your consideration of a gift to Rockport Music’s In Concert with You campaign. All gifts are welcome and important! The following are giving options that we hope donors will find helpful:


You may pledge your support now and take up to five tax years to fulfill it. Multi-year gifts allow most donors to make larger gifts, often from their assets. All pledges must be made in writing and have a defined payment schedule. Rockport Music will be glad to send pledge reminders, as you wish.


Gifts of appreciated stock are a tax-efficient way to maximize your gifts. You can claim a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value of the stock on the date of transfer and avoid paying a capital gain on the shares. Please contact Kathy Urner-Jones, Senior Development Officer, at 978.546.7391 ext. 132 for stock transfer instructions.


You may write a check payable to Rockport Music or direct a gift from a Donor Advised Fund. Please note on your check or supporting correspondence that the gift should be applied to the In Concert with You campaign.


Many companies and organizations will match your gift to Rockport Music, so please check your company’s policy on matching gifts. If your company does match gifts, please enclose the Matching Gift Form with your check. All gifts to Rockport Music are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Rockport Music encourages all donors to consult with their financial/legal advisors when making gifts.

If you have a question about the above, or would like to discuss a different gift option than those listed, please contact Kathy Urner-Jones, Senior Development Officer, at 978.546.7391 ext. 132 or

Photo Credits
Shalin Liu Performance Center (credit Robert Benson)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo (credit Michael Lutch)
Bohemian Quartet (credit Sharron Cohen)