Please help the Cal Band, UC Choral Ensembles, and UC Jazz Ensembles preserve and enhance the excellence of our teaching and performance programs on the UC Berkeley campus by donating to one or more of these talented and dedicated student music groups. As you consider your gift amount, please recognize that the University funds only a small portion of our annual budgets. The remainder of our budgets must be supported through ticket and merchandise sales, performance fees, and donations.

Receiving annual and major gift support from philanthropic-minded individuals, corporations, foundations, and local organizations is the most important way our groups can thrive in a funding environment with ever-shrinking support from the state and University. Your generous charitable donations will help sustain our programs and support essential purchases such as music, instruments, equipment, and uniforms. Contributions enrich the lives and enhance the student experience of SMA members.

For more information about making a donation to a group in Student Musical Activities, please contact Brittney Nguyen, Coordinator, at (510) 643-2551 or email

The following are some of the ways you can support SMA groups:
  • Make a gift to the Annual Fund of any of these three groups to support where the current need is greatest.
  • Contribute to the Endowment Fund of either the Cal Band or UC Choral Ensembles which generate annual income to these groups.
  • The Cal Band has several scholarship funds which you may choose to support.
  • You may make a gift in memory or honor of an individual. Memorial or tribute gifts are promptly reported to family members designated by the donor.

Giving Options

Cash and CheckDonations by check should be made payable to UC Berkeley Foundation and mailed along with a Giving Form to the below address:

Gift Services c/o [SMA group]
University of California, Berkeley
1995 University Avenue, Suite 400
Berkeley, CA 94704-1070

Please indicate the group you are gifting to in the memo line.
OnlineGifts may be made easily online with a credit card. Please click on any of the following links below to lead you to the University website for online giving:

Cal Band | UC Choral | UC Jazz

To donate to a specific UCCE group, please check the “This gift is in honor […] of someone” box and enter the group’s name as the first name and “UCCE Group” for the last name.
SecuritiesSecurities transfers may be made electronically. Please contact the Gift Services office for simple instructions at (510) 642-6791, or email
Planned GiftsPlanned Gifts can be coordinated with SMA and the University’s Office of Gift Planning for donors wishing to make a provision to include an SMA group in their estate plan. Options include making a bequest, or an annuity to create gifts that mutually benefit SMA groups and the donor and/or family members. Please contact the Office of Gift Planning at (510) 642-6300 or toll free at (800) 200-0575 or for more information.

All financial contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Please note that the information you provide will not be released unless allowed by law. In addition a portion of your donation will go towards the cost of administering these gifts. By the tax law of 1993, donors are notified of their deductible portion of their donation. If you wish to forfeit tangible benefits and receive the full deduction, please indicate so on your gift.