Investing in the musical life and legacy of Philadelphia

Fast Facts

What is the Musical Fund Society (MFS)?

  • The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, established in 1820, is the oldest continuing musical organization in the United States. The Society has served a number of functions over the course of its rich history, and is today a philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting music in Philadelphia.
  • MFS fosters the careers of emerging young artists and ensembles through grants, opportunities, and mentoring.
  • The Foundation of the MFS is a fully tax exempt entity which accepts financial gifts to further the goals and programs of the Society.

Who are the members of The Musical Fund Society?

  • Performers, composers, and music educators
  • Business professionals working for musical organizations as well as those in other fields who are supporters of musical activity in Philadelphia

What do I need to do to be considered for membership?

  • Membership in the MFS is open to all in the musical community
  • You must be proposed for membership by a current member and approved by the Nominating Committee.
  • See the list of members on our website for a friend or colleague who will propose you for membership or contact Peter Burwasser at

When may I become a member?

  • At the December and May meetings

 Is there a fee or other costs to join the MFS?

  • Annual dues of $55
  • The December reception for members costs $30 ($15 for prospective members) and the annual meeting/dinner in May costs $75 per member ($45 for prospective members).

I was a member in the past. What do I need to do to re-establish my membership?

  • Contact one of the members of our Committee on Admissions (listed above). We welcome our former members to return, and it is not required to re-join in person.

Advantages of membership

  • Networking opportunities
  • Philadelphia Chamber Music concerts that MFS sponsors (complementary tickets, paying only a small fee per ticket for processing and mailing)
  • Invitations to our two annual gatherings, both featuring live musical entertainment.

How do I find out more information about the MFS?

  • Our website!
  • Our Membership Committee (listed above)