Online Registration is Open!


Gifts of Stock or Securities

Supporters who contribute appreciated securities held for more than one year (long-term) may receive a double income
tax benefit: (1) a deduction for the asset’s full fair market value instead of the lower cost basis; and (2) complete
avoidance of capital gains tax on the asset’s appreciation.
For friends of CMSS who would like to consider a tax-advantaged approach to contributing to the school, we offer the
A pledge of securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds) to CMSS can help the school grow and meet its goals for continued
service and music education while also helping you.
Low-cost basis securities (that is, investments that have grown in value) usually are taxable as capital gains at the
time of sale. By donating the securities to CMSS you avoid the capital gains tax and receive the benefits of a
charitable contribution at the fully appreciated amount.
If you would like to make a gift of stocks, bonds or mutual funds, here’s how:
If your shares are held in a brokerage account, simply instruct your broker (in writing) to “deliver from my account
#__________ shares of (name of stock, bond or mutual fund) to DTC #0443, St. Germain Investments, account of Community
Music School of Springfield #DJS-937453.” Send a copy of your letter to Sierra Simmons, Development and Grants Manager,
CMSS, 127 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103.
If the shares you wish to contribute are in the form of actual stock certificates, you can endorse the back of each
certificate and deliver the certificates in person or via registered or certified mail to CMSS or mail an unendorsed
certificate to CMSS (attn: Sierra Simmons) and separately mail a signed stock power with the assignment space left
Community Music School of Springfield’s Federal Identification Number is 22-2501478.
Shortly after CMSS receives your gift, we will send you a valuation letter with which you can document your charitable

2019-2020 Registration is open!

You are now able to register for private lessons and classes, manage your account with CMSS, and more. It is our hope that this new process will ease the process of registration, payment, and billing for you and all the members of our community.

Register Online Today!

If you would like to take advantage of our early bird discount which waives the 2019-2020 registration fee of $50, you must re-register online with the new ASAP system before May 20th. Creating an account with ASAP in April will also earn families 5 entries in our “Share the Love of CMSS” raffle for a chance to win a free year of lessons!

We are committed to helping families through this transition to an online-based registration system. If you would like to use one of our computers or would like one of our registration team members to assist you in re-registering for fall 2019, please feel free to call us or visit CMSS at your convenience Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm, or Friday 8am-7pm.