WMI programs are made possible, in part, by public and private funds from:

National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the Howard Gilman Foundation. WMI PLUS and WMI PLUS At Home experiences are supported by a grant from Con Edison.

WMI gladly accepts donations from Donor Advised Funds, is set up to receive corporate employee matching contributions, and also has a brokerage account that welcomes gifts in the form of securities, stocks, and/or bonds. Please contact Gaby Sappington at gaby@worldmusicinstitute.org for more details on these opportunities to support WMI.

Members and Donors FY21

Members and Donors $50,000+


Howard Bayne Fund

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

NYC Community Trust (COVID Relief & Impact Fund)

Daisy & David Paradis


Members & Donors $25,000 – $49,999


Tom & Kamala Buckner

Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation

Andrew & Emily Faulkner

Howard Gilman Foundation

Anupam & Rajika Puri


Members & Donors $10,000 – $24,999



Thomas Kunz & Rosemarie Sweeney

National Endowment for the Arts

New York State Council on the Arts

NYC Department of Small Business Workforce Development Fund


Members & Donors $1,000 – $9,999



Alexis Daran

Zette Emmons

Suman Gollamudi

Aditya & Raman Kaul 

Kamakshi Rao

Kellie Specter 


EIDL Advance


Members & Donors $200 – $999


Erin Ardleigh

Alexandra Cohen

Laurent Corbel

Cedomir Crnkovic

Joan Dinkelspiel

Angela Dulce de Lara


Bill Gordh

Paula Greenman

John Habel

Edward Haber

David Hansen

Delrosa Marshall

Rachel Miller

Rafael Pabon

Anne Posel

Casey Rieder

Gargi Shinde

Six Degrees Records

Debora Speyer

State Street Foundation

Michael Steinberg

Michael Stuermer

Hiroko Takada


and the support of many friends and members of WMI. We are grateful for all contributions to our mission.