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The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine is at the national forefront of providing music therapy to complement medical treatment. The Center has outpatient programs including services for children and teens with asthma, adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardiovascular disease and also for musicians and performing artists. Since 1994, music therapy has been an integral service for inpatient programs at Mount Sinai Beth Israel including pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, maternity, HIV/AIDS, family medicine, pain and palliative care, oncology, spine injuries and emergency and intensive care. Under the leadership of music therapist Dr. Joanne Loewy MT-BC, the Center is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals including music therapists who are trained to offer the most current music psychotherapy techniques in pain management, sedation, end-of-life, wellness and breathing modalities of music and healing. The Center conducts cutting-edge research to support clinical practice, including clinical trials on music therapy with children and teens with asthma and with adults in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Our mission to provide state-of-the-art music therapy services to support the body, mind and spirit of our patients relies 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:

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

For more information about how you can help support the Center, 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 Center for Music and Medicine.

Online Contributions
We hope you will become one of our valued donors. You may make a credit card gift with your Visa or Master Card by using 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 following web page and select “The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine” in the program list in the Gift Information section: Support Beth Israel

Gifts of Cash
The simplest and most common way to give is a gift of cash. Cash is fully deductible on your income tax return (up to 50% of your adjusted gross income), and is available 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 for up to 30% of your adjusted gross income, and then may carry any unused balance forward for an additional five tax years. You also avoid 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 the simplest and most popular form of a planned gift. Other planned giving vehicles provide income for life 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 yourself, for you and your spouse, or another person you may wish to provide for. You will receive a charitable tax deduction in 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 remember The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine 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. Following is a brief review of some of the most common arrangements:

We welcome all bequest gifts to the Center 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. 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 Center for Music & Medicine, 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. Minimum gift 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 Center. 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 Center. Minimum gift 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 Center 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 Center, 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 Center for Music & Medicine.

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