We hope you will be inspired to make a charitable contribution today

                                                                                             As a non-profit organization with a status of 501(c)3, 

                                                                                 donations to IMA are tax-deductible to the fullest extent provided by law.


The Institute for the Musical Arts was founded by Ann Hackler and June Millington in Northern California in 1986 and received its nonprofit status in 1987.  It operated its studio and programs from Bodega, California’s historic Old Creamery until 2001 when property was purchased in Western Massachusetts for a permanent facility. The institute’s nonprofit mission is to support women and girls in music and music-related businesses.  Rooted in the legacy of progressive equal rights movements, IMA's development is guided by the visions, needs and concerns of women from a diversity of backgrounds and has grown from the need to nourish ourselves and each other.

The 25-acre estate on which IMA is now located features a house and several barns all built in the early 1800's. The largest barn has been converted into a recording, performance and teaching facility. The space accommodates a multitude of artistic endeavors and has a seating capacity of 200, a recording chamber that could hold an orchestra, and housing for up to 30 people. In addition to its summer programs for girls, IMA offers concerts and workshops year-round in support of its nonprofit mission which, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.


Imagine a world in which the major decisions affecting the community are made in the kitchen, rather than in a boardroom; a world where what is central to the workplace is the coming together to break bread, rather than simply to make bread.  Imagine this because it is happening here at IMA as we grow this place rooted in women's relationships.  Imagine this because as we continue to work to bring equality, balance and harmony to the world, we are moving toward a place where everyone who comes to The Table is fed.

                                              --Ann Hackler, IMA co-founder and Executive Director

board of directors:

roma baran

elizabeth cabraser

ann hackler

leslie ann jones

emily lichter

june millington

stella shelton

sharon washington

kathryn willmore

advisory board:

annette aguilar

barbara borden


tret fure

barbara higbie

gloria joseph

leah kunkel

christine ohlman

bonnie raitt

david rubinson

linda tillery

adrienne torf

teresa trull

nancy vogl

mary watkins

cris williamson

irene young