The contribution from the Addicott family will go towards the school’s scholarship campaign


The late Gay Cull Addicott, centre, and Ed Addicott, left, pose with former Cleveland Institute of Music students. The family has completed a $3.5 million endowment scholarship contribution.

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The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) has received a $3.5 million contribution to its scholarship campaign, from the Addicott family, making it the second largest gift from an individual donor to the school in its 103-year history.

Announced by Edward Addicott and Stephen Ban, the gift honors the wishes of Addicott’s wife and Ban’s mother, late CIM Trustee Gay Cull Addicott. 

’My mother had a profound love for classical music and for the students and mission of the Cleveland Institute of Music,’ said Ban, a CIM Trustee. 

’Our family is excited to continue to support CIM’s commitment to empowering the world’s most talented classical music students to fulfill their dreams and potential. I am honoured to have joined CIM’s Board of Trustees to help advance and perpetuate the focus of this institution that is such an important part of the fabric of Cleveland and its extraordinary arts community.’ 

With this gift, Gay and Ed Addicott’s lifetime giving and support of CIM students stands at $4 million. 

Mrs. Addicott was president of Sterling Manufacturing Co., Inc., an enterprise founded by her late husband, Robert Cull. As a civic leader, she served as a member of the school board in Northbrook, Illinois; a member of the Shaker Heights City Council; president of the Cleveland Restoration Society (where she was a Lifetime Trustee); executive director of the Women’s City Club of Cleveland; and trustee of Hiram College. 

Mrs. Addicott was an honorary life trustee of The Cleveland Orchestra, and served on CIM’s board from 2000 until her death in 2022. 

The Edward and Gay Cull Addicott Presidential Scholarship was given in memory of Gay’s late husband, Robert Cull, and in honour of her husband Edward Addicott, both of whom shared Gay’s love of classical music. With this gift, her legacy aims to empower future generations of CIM students to launch their own careers.

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