Make a Donation to The Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy

The Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy conducts research to support clinical practices, including clinical trials on music therapy for children and teens with asthma and with adults receiving cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art music therapy services to support the body, mind, and spirit of our patients.


In order for our patients to receive such exceptional treatment, we rely upon support from generous donors. We hope you will consider supporting this important work with a charitable contribution. Support can be made in a variety of ways, including:

  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • Gifts of Cash
  • Gifts of Securities
  • Online Contributions
  • Planned Giving

For more information about how you can help support the Department of Music Therapy, please contact the Development Department at (212) 636-8416. Gifts should be made payable to Mount Sinai Beth Israel and specified for the Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy.

Online Contributions

We hope you will become one of our valued donors. You may provide a gift using your Visa or Master Card through our secure credit card server. We will not sell, rent, or share your name or other information with any third party. To make an online contribution, please visit the Mount Sinai Make a Gift page.

Gifts of Cash 

The simplest and most common way to donate is through a cash contribution. Cash is fully deductible on your income tax return (up to 50% of your adjusted gross income), and is transferred immediately to the music therapy program. If you cannot use your full charitable tax deduction in the year you make your gift, the balance may be carried forward for five additional tax years.

Gifts of Securities 

Gifts of securities (stocks, bonds, or mutual funds) that you have owned for more than one year may be deducted at full market value on the date of transfer to Mount Sinai Beth Israel. You are entitled to an income tax charitable deduction of up to 30% in relation to your adjusted gross income, and then may carry any unused balance forward for an additional five tax years. You also avoid a capital gains tax if your securities have appreciated in value. This represents additional savings of 20%. The capital gains tax you would have paid if you sold your securities outright. Please contact the Development Office at (212) 387-6800 for more information.

Planned Giving 

A bequest through your will is a popular way of providing a planned gift. Other planned giving vehicles provide income in perpetuity or for a designated number of years. These gift arrangements include charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, among others. There are many benefits to be derived from this type of gift, including receiving lifetime annual income for you and/or your spouse, or another person you may wish to provide for. You will receive a charitable tax deduction for the year you make your gift, and you may also reduce your estate taxes.

A planned gift is an easy way for you to make a donation. You can recognize The Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy through a simple bequest in your will, or arrange a life income gift that will provide for yourself and your loved ones, either during your lifetime or after. Planned gifts are an excellent way to create your legacy and memorialize loved ones.


We welcome all bequest gifts to the Department of Music Therapy established through your will or living trust, and we urge you to notify us of your gift so we can acknowledge your generosity during your lifetime. You may leave a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or name the Center as a beneficiary of your residuary estate. The following is suggested language to review with your attorney: 

“I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY, to benefit The Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy, New York, NY (dollar amount, description of property or percentage of estate) to be used for: "

Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a simple agreement between you and Mount Sinai Beth Israel whereby, in exchange for an irrevocable gift of cash or securities, we promise to pay you, and another person of your choice, a guaranteed income for life. Your payout rate is based on the ages of the people receiving income (not more than two). You are entitled to a charitable income tax deduction for part of your gift, and if you use appreciated securities, you can avoid some of the capital gains tax which you would otherwise incur. Also, part of your income payments may be tax-free. The minimum gift for charitable annuities is $5,000. 

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Charitable remainder trusts are individually managed and invested gift vehicles that allow you to provide income to yourself or others for life or for a term of years (usually 10, 15, or 20), while making a generous gift to the Department of Music Therapy. You would irrevocably transfer assets (cash, securities, real estate, or other assets of your choice) to the trust. Each year of the trust's term, you and/or your loved ones will receive an annual income from the trust, which may be tailored to your needs (fixed or variable).

You will receive an income tax deduction in the year you establish the trust for the full fair market value of the transferred asset. You also may reduce considerably your estate tax liability. When the trust term ends, the principal passes to the Department of Music Therapy. The minimum gift for charitable remainder trusts is $100,000. For more information, please contact the Director for Gift Planning in the Development Office at (212) 387-6800.

Corporate Sponsorship 

We welcome the opportunity to explore the different ways your company can sponsor work at the Center. In addition, we offer customized educational programs for local and national businesses, which may be held at the Department of Music Therapy, or at your company's site. It is our pleasure to thank our corporate partners for their generosity with appropriate recognition.

For More Information

For more information about how you can help support the The Depatrment of Music Therapy, please contact the Director for Development at (212) 636-8416. Gifts should be made payable to Mount Sinai Beth Israel and specified for The Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy.