Berklee Today

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Comin' Home Baby

Over the past five years, Berklee alumni have enjoyed a range of services offered via the alumni website. Alums have found work through the job listings, found friends and band mates through the alumni directory, and used the message board for any number of reasons. The Office of Alumni Affairs is pleased to present a new feature to the alumni community: chapter home pages.

Whether you live in New York or Nashville, Boston or Bogotá, there is a homepage just for your chapter. This specialized website will keep you informed about happenings and opportunities in your area. The best part is that you can contribute your voice to the website. There are forms to advertise your gigs and services on the website.

Chapter Homepage

Your chapter home page lists contact information for your chapter coordinator. If there isn't a chapter coordinator, you can e-mail the webmaster to volunteer to be the coordinator for your chapter. The homepage also lists any information the coordinator thinks you'll find useful, such as ways to find an apartment in town, helpful websites, job opportunities, and local happenings. To visit your chapter's home page, visit http://alumni.berklee.edu/chapters.php and click on the name of your chapter.

Alumni Events

The Events link shows you any official Berklee alumni events happening in your area. Past events have included workshops on Pro Tools techniques, tax tips for musicians, website seminars, and industry panels. If there are no events scheduled in your area, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs and propose an idea.

Alumni Gigs

The Alumni Gigs page is where local alumni can advertise their performances. Feel free to upload details about your shows, photographs, and links to your website so other alumni can come and cheer you on. This page is intended to help alumni nurture the music scene in their towns, get the word out about their gigs, and support one another.

Alumni Discounts

The Alumni Discounts page is a listing of all discounts available to Berklee alumni in your area. Anyone can offer a discount to Berklee alumni, but only alums can take advantage of them. The idea behind this page is to help Berklee alumni save money and strengthen their community by doing business with each other.

If you have ideas for Web services you'd like to see or if your chapter isn't currently represented, please contact me at aolenn@berklee.edu. We're here to serve you. Your ideas and opinions are the driving force behind the site.

Planned Giving

In 2001, a friend of the college made a substantial gift to Berklee as a way to perpetuate her passion for music and education. Today, this gift is renewed annually through payments from a charitable lead trust that is steadily growing: the Thayer A. Peck Scholarship Fund, named for the donor's late son.

Building a Legacy

Gifts of this nature offer individuals the opportunity to build a living legacy for Berklee College of Music in a meaningful, far-reaching, and financially sound way. The phrase "planned giving" describes the many ways in which people can support Berklee beyond an outright gift. Many people choose to make planned gifts because they enable families and individuals to make a gift from their assets rather than their income. Donors may make provisions that suit both their personal financial goals and foster the programs they value. In many cases, donors maximize their personal benefits while minimizing their tax liabilities.

Among the various types of gifts that donors make, a bequest is the simplest and most traditional way to provide significant help to Berklee. This can be arranged as either a designated sum or the residuary of your estate once all primary bequests have been fulfilled. Life insurance policies are often a hidden asset that make a valuable charitable gift when your policy is no longer needed for its original purpose. Using appreciated securities to fund gifts, both now and in the future, will also protect you from income and capital gains taxes.

For example, a charitable gift annuity offers a donor such advantages as an immediate income tax deduction, a stream of annual income that is partially nontaxable, and a fixed rate of return that is typically higher than most fixed-income investments. Then, at the end of the annuitant's lifetime, the remaining principal benefits the donor's designated program at Berklee. In effect, you can leave a bequest while also receiving a lot of benefits during your lifetime.

Planned giving offers donors creative ways to support Berklee's mission to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Your gift will not only benefit you during your life, but will positively affect the lives of tomorrow's entrepreneurial musical talents.

Ways to Support Berklee

Donors can add to existing endowed scholarships or create new endowed funds where they may focus their support on student musicians who play particular instruments or specific majors or music genres. Here are a few examples of such arrangements. The Lee Eliot Berk Music Business/Management Scholarship supports talented students majoring in music management. The Maynard Ferguson Scholarship Fund gives trumpet players an opportunity to excel. The Quincy Jones Scholarship Fund supports composers, and the Sarah Vaughan Endowed Scholarship Fund nurtures amazing vocalists. Endowed chairs, such as the Gary Burton Endowed Chair, also work to support faculty in their academic endeavors.

A recent addition is the Presidential Scholarship Program created by President Roger Brown. His vision is to make the College's unique blend of artistic and academic excellence available to more talented young people. These scholarships not only give students a comprehensive academic experience, but also support room and board costs so that students of all economic backgrounds have the same opportunity to thrive musically at Berklee. Whether a student's goal is to be a pioneer in a particular musical genre, in the music industry, or in music therapy, Berklee aims to bring the brightest lights to the college with the help of those who provide support through various methods of giving.

To learn more about giving to Berklee, visit www.berklee.edu/giving. For a confidential discussion about naming Berklee in a will or estate plan, please contact Carolyn Vaughan at 617-747-2567, or send an e-mail to cvaughn@berklee.edu.

  Pat Casale
  Pat Casale
  Phil Farnsworth

New to the Board of Trustees

Pat Casale, a recently retired business executive, was recently elected to the Berklee College of Music Board of Trustees.

Before her retirement, Casale served as senior VP responsible for advertising sales strategy and planning in the Global Marketing Services division of AOL Time Warner. Prior to working at AOL, Casale was an executive vice president of client services at Hill Holiday Connors Cosmopulous in Boston.

Since her retirement, Casale has resumed studying the piano. She lives in Boston's Back Bay with her husband Gary Gut and son Zachary who is a college student.