The gift will support music and theater programs in the School of Music, part of the College of Communications, Architecture, and the Arts, including funding for student scholarships, curriculum development, faculty and professional staff support, master classes, student touring, international competitions, and an expansion of the school's physical footprint. In recognition of the gift, the school will be renamed for the Wertheims.
The gift also will enable the school's organ studies program — to which the couple donated the largest concert organ in the southeastern United States in 1999 — to develop a national platform for organ studies, host internationally renowned organists, and create an international composition competition. Herbert Wertheim has committed to helping the school raise an additional $10 million.
The largest cash donors to FIU, the Wertheims have previously supported the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences, the Wertheim Conservatory, and the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center.
"This gift expresses our continuing passion for and commitment to FIU, our extraordinary hometown university — and the importance of the performing arts, an essential aspect of quality of life," said Wertheim, who signed the Giving Pledge in 2015. "This gift to support FIU's dynamic performing arts programs will leverage previous investments we have made in health and business, resulting in enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration between areas and impacts that will benefit our students and community."