The University of Southern Maine Foundation has received an additional $1,000,000 gift from the Crewe Foundation to support construction of a new Center for the Arts on USM’s Portland campus. This gift will enable USM to expand rehearsal space within a future Center and brings the Crewe Foundation’s total philanthropic investment in the project to $6,000,000.
The Crewe Foundation, led by Dan Crewe, president and his daughter Reid Crewe, vice president, is committed to advancing opportunities in music and the fine arts in Maine. They have been early champions of USM’s Center for the Arts project, which will become the new home of the Dr. Alfred and D. Suzi Osher School of Music. In June, they paved the way for the Center with their gift of $5,000,000, the largest gift in Crewe Foundation history. The Crewe family’s early support has catalyzed momentum and additional support for the Center for the Arts project including the largest philanthropic investment in USM Foundation history, a recent $10 million gift made by D. Suzi Osher.
The Crewe Foundation’s additional $1 million gift was announced during the Osher School of Music Scholarship Gala on December 3, an annual event that raised more than $40,000 for USM Music Talent Scholarships.
Speaking at the Gala, USM President Glenn Cummings said, “The passion and philanthropy of Dan and Reid Crewe and the Crewe Foundation have been instrumental in making this long-held dream a reality. Generosity runs deep in the Crewe DNA. Their gift will support a much-needed second rehearsal hall for our music programs, allowing us to better serve our USM students and faculty, as well as local youth ensembles, from a new home based in Portland.”
Expanding the rehearsal space is personally meaningful to Reid Crewe, a singer whose children have taken lessons at the Osher School of Music. The new rehearsal space will be named in honor of Reid Crewe and will accommodate the kinds of community music programs in which her own children and thousands of young people throughout Maine have participated.
“We have been huge, huge fans of the USM School of Music since I was little,” said Reid Crewe. “This gift aligns with the mission of the Crewe Foundation, and we are thrilled to be able to support the needs of USM’s new Center for the Arts.”
“This additional rehearsal space will allow for the simultaneous scheduling of rehearsals and classes during our normal academic schedule while also allowing for all three of our youth orchestras to rehearse at the same time,” said Osher School of Music director Alan Kaschub.
In addition to rehearsals, the new space will be used for music education courses that often involve movement, as well as other large enrollment classes.
“Dan and Reid Crewe understand that practice and rehearsal is the bulk of the work that musicians do,” said Alan Kaschub. “Making sure that the Osher School of Music has the right facilities for this work has been a priority for the Crewe Foundation since the beginning of this project. We are all deeply grateful for their insight and their generosity.”