The Music Settlement Announces Naming Gifts to Ohio City Campus

Posted August 09, 2018 in Press Releases

Donors Revealed for Main Lobby and Multi-Purpose Room

The Music Settlement (TMS) will name its lobby, the centerpiece of its new 19,000+ square foot Ohio City campus at 2610 Detroit Avenue, The Samuel H. and Maria Miller Lobby. Additionally, the campus’ 963-square foot multi-purpose room will bear the name, Forest City Realty Trust.

These gifts are part of The Music Settlement’s $8.5M fundraising campaign to support investments in capital needs and programming innovations across its 106-year-old University Circle campus and new Ohio City campus, as well as an expansion of their current student financial aid offerings. Numerous naming opportunities are still available within the expansive Ohio City campus, as well as at the historic University Circle campus.

“We continue to be grateful for the personal and financial generosity of the Miller Foundation and Forest City Realty Trust. The dedication and devotion to The Music Settlement exemplified by both are indicative of their commitment to education, the City of Cleveland and the impact of new neighborhood projects and is truly inspirational,” says Geri M. Presti, The Music Settlement’s President and CEO.

The Samuel H. and Maria Miller Lobby will serve as the welcome area for visitors and a focal point for all activities at the Ohio City campus. The gift of $500,000 for its naming will ensure that all who enter recognize this tribute to the Miller Foundation’s enthusiastic support of this project. This marks the first naming gift for the Miller Foundation on Cleveland’s west side.

“The impact of these gifts cannot be overstated. It is a testimonial to the Miller Foundation’s and Forest City Realty Trust’s investment in The Music Settlement as an institution, in our students and in our future,” says Presti. She adds, “We hope these leadership gifts serve as motivation for others to invest in TMS’s impactful mission.”

The naming of the multi-purpose room was the result of a $300,000 gift of support by Forest City Realty Trust. This gift serves as a permanent reminder of Forest City’s philanthropic legacy and will forever define this go-to place for Early Childhood programming and so much more. At times an indoor gym, it will also serve as The Little Theatre or drama room, house group instruction for music, and will be offered as meeting space for members of the greater Cleveland community.

“With such a broad range of options for this room, it is destined to become the place where memories are made for parents, children, staff and the entire community. How fitting for showcasing the Forest City name,” Presti adds.

About The Music Settlement

Founded in 1912, The Music Settlement serves Greater Cleveland by encouraging students of all ages and backgrounds to connect with the arts in a way that promotes creativity, fosters self-confidence, and improves quality of life. The Music Settlement provides high-quality music and arts programming and outreach at our University and Ohio City campuses, and operates the award-winning BOP Stop performance venue in Ohio City. Through our Center for Music, Center for Early Childhood, and Center for Music Therapy, our mission is to create an inclusive community where artistic expression belongs to everyone by serving those who seek personal growth through the arts. For more information, visit us at

The Music Settlement is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and The Ohio Arts Council, who helps fund The Music Settlement with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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