Established in 1983, Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia’s inspiring community raises funds to provide vital support to LaGuardia. Through need-based scholarships, merit awards, private lessons, master classes, art supplies, accompanists, instrument repair, as well as grants and funding for each studio department (art, dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music, technical theater), contributions help to ensure that students can pursue their talents regardless of their financial situation and school budget cuts. Alumni & Friends supports general arts education enrichment, keeps our network of over 48,000 alumni connected, and supports our daily operating budget. Through the Annual Fund, arts programs are strengthened and faculty and staff are provided with the tools necessary for students to learn at the highest level.