Benefactors and Funding
The core funding for the Zankel Music Center came from the estate of Arthur Zankel, a longtime Skidmore trustee, friend, and benefactor, who bequeathed $46 million—the largest gift in the College’s history—in 2006.
Of the bequest, $15 million went to the Zankel Center. Other uses of the gift include the establishment of a Zankel scholarship program based on need for New York City-area students and the creation of a program of study in arts administration.
The rest of the construction funding was provided by alumni, parents, friends, a State of New York Economic Development Grant, and foundations. Many spaces in the new center will bear the names of these donors. The College has recently launched a seat-naming campaign to raise money for annual operating costs. Named seats in the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall range in price from $3,000 to $15,000.