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Partners for the Arts


Support the Arts at Southern Miss

Partners for the Arts underwrites the arts programs at USM that are woven into our community’s vibrant core. As we return to our stages, concert halls, galleries and classrooms, our artists need you to become an active partner.  

Become a Member

By becoming a member of Partners for the Arts, you can directly impact the success of Southern Miss performance ensembles and the talented students and faculty who participate in them. 

From departmental activities and exhibits to once-in-a-lifetime educational experiences for students, your contributions allows Partners to continue the tradition of excellence in the arts at Southern Miss and assisting in taking these programs to the next level.

2022-23 Members

Ways to Become a Member


Your individual or corporate membership provides funding to enhance our arts programming and much needed support to expand our arts offerings to the community. Special members-only events are held throughout the year as a “thank you” to you—our loyal members. 

You can join one of seven levels of membership. Membership can be paid annually or in monthly installments and portions of dues are tax-deductible.

President’s Circle  $5,000+
Grand Benefactor $2,500
Benefactor $1,000
Patron $500
Donor $250
Contributor $150
Friend $50

75% percent of your total contribution may be designated to an area of choice. The remainder of those funds, including undesignated funds, will be applied directly to the Partners for the Arts grants program (Friends of the Arts).

Friends of the Arts 0400 (ALL DISCIPLINES)
Art and Design 0270
Creative Writing (Center for Writers) 1295
Dance 1457
Media and Entertainment Arts 0062
Music 0235
Theatre 1450


Join Partners for the Arts



Permanently support the dynamic arts programs at Southern Miss by turning your annual membership into a legacy gift. Enjoy all the current Partners benefits while creating a permanent endowment for future generations. The recently established Emerging Artists Award supports student work and professionalism through meaningful awards in each of the 6 arts disciplines, and are made possible thanks to the spending allocation of the PFTA Endowment.

Gold $416 $5,000 $25,000
Silver $208 $2,500 $12,500
Bronze $83 $1,000 $5,000

Please note that 75% of your Legacy gift will support the PFTA Endowment. 


Become a Legacy Member


Faculty or staff members of the University can set-up their membership via payroll deduction.

Set-up Payroll Deduction


When you include the arts at Southern Miss in your estate plans, your impact on our students, programs and faculty will live on for years to come. There could also be tax benefits to you now.

Contact Daniel%20Barton at 601.266.6428 to discuss the planned gift that best meets your family’s goals while supporting the arts!

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Contact Us

Partners for the Arts

118 College Dr. Box 5004 

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PFTA Board

Partners for the Arts is a community alliance, and as such, the support and time commitment of our community leaders is vital to our mission of providing career-altering experiences to our Arts students at USM. 

Experience the Arts



About PFTA 

Created in 1997, Partners for the Arts is a community alliance between the Pine Belt Region, and beyond, and the arts programs at Southern Miss.    




  • A membership in Partners for the Arts directly enhances opportunities for our students to have life-changing and career-altering experiences, at the same time providing essential support to expand access to world-class arts events and artists.
  • Provides thousands of dollars annually to underwrite arts projects through its grant program funding career performances, master classes, exhibits, workshops, and lectures.
  • Since its inception, Partners has raised more than $1.7 million through donations.



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Friends of University Libraries is another important organization that provides essential support for the research, teaching and public service missions of USM Libraries.