Donate to the LSA

The Lute Society of America is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and relies on our members and contributors to sustain our efforts to promote the lute and its music. Please consider a donation today!


Scholarship Funds

As a young person studying early music, the encouragement for opportunity and the welcoming nature of everyone involved is something l [had] only read about before. If it weren’t for the LSA Student Scholarship fund, I would not have been able to have any of these opportunities to learn from great people, make great friends, and meet other enthusiasts my own age!

Ryan Closs, 2014 LSA Scholarship Recipient

Through our scholarship funds, you can provide the means for students of the lute to learn from world-renowned faculty at LSA events, such as the biennial Cleveland LuteFest. Along with the General Scholarship Fund, the LSA has created the following three funds in memory of Robert Crim, Pat O’Brien, and Douglas Alton Smith, respectively.

The Robert Crim Scholarship is given to a promising student of the baroque lute, theorbo or other plucked baroque instrument. This scholarship was started by his wife Suzanne Schwartz to honor his devotion to the baroque lute.

The Pat O’Brien Scholarship is given in honor of his contributions to the field of lute pedagogy, his wisdom and generosity as a teacher and his spirit of collaboration.

The Douglas Alton Smith Scholarship is given in honor of the tremendous contribution Doug made to so many aspects of lute research. The funds in this scholarship help to support the attendance at the seminar of a player with a strong bent toward musicology as pertains to the lute.

Donate to the Lute Rental Program

I am very grateful to the LSA for the opportunity to have rented the instrument.  It all worked out very well; lutes are not something one finds at most music stores so I don’t know of any other way of trying one out before taking the somewhat expensive step of purchasing one.  I would recommend the program to anyone who might be interested.

Curt Longardner, 2016–2020 LSA Lute Renter

To make a monetary donation to the LSA Lute Rental Program, please use the payment module above, selecting “Lute Rental Program” as the fund for your donation.

If you would like to donate an instrument to the LSA Lute Rental Program, please contact
LRP Director James Louder directly at:

Interested in passing on your love of the lute to future generations? Consider a Legacy Instrument Donation to the LSA Lute Rental Program.