Knight Center for Music Innovation

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Knight Center for Music Innovation Knight Center for Music Innovation

Work on the construction of the Knight Center for Music Innovation – in recognition of the generous naming gift from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation – is well underway. As the new 25,000-square-foot state-of-the-art performance and technology center comes to life, our vision of transforming music education in the 21st century draws ever closer for the University of Miami’s Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music.

At a beam signing in March 2022, University President Julio Frank said, “The Knight Center for Music Innovation is an exquisite expression of the Knight Foundation’s enduring impact on the University of Miami and our South Florida community. Thanks to their generosity, this spectacular new complex will match the extraordinary talent of our students, faculty, and alumni….

Designed by H3, an Arquitectonica Company, the Knight Center for Music Innovation will be a marvelous fusion of architecture and technology, featuring:

  • a stunning facade that will overlook Lake Osceola
  • a vast array of next-generation features and facilities that will enable Frost students, faculty, and visiting artists to experiment, explore, and develop new modalities in musical performance
  • a world-class, acoustically superior 200-seat recital hall
  • a large black-box innovation space
  • the most advanced recording, lighting, and broadcast technology, elevating Frost’s performance, rehearsal, and teaching spaces

In addition to these enhancements, a beautifully landscaped Newman Plaza will be a vibrant and welcoming gathering point – further strengthening the University’s connections to our Coral Gables campus and the Greater Miami community. The Plaza will showcase live music and other presentations on a 20-foot-by-40-foot LED “window cast” system on a regular basis. Further drawing in our U community, a giant external wall facing the intramural fields will be utilized to “wall cast” headline performances and international artists.

Upon completion scheduled for 2023, the $34 million Knight Center for Music Innovation will be one of the shining achievements of Ever Brighter: The University of Miami’s Campaign for Our Next Century which is currently underway.

For more information or to make gift in support of the Knight Center for Music Innovation, please contact Dania Gorriz at or (305) 284-8252.

Take the Herbert Challenge

Our friend, board member, and University of Miami trustee, Allan Herbert, established the Patti and Allan Herbert Music Challenge to help us cross the fundraising finish line for the new Knight Center for Music Innovation!

Allan will match all donations up to $1,000,000 toward this fund. If you have not purchased your paver or seat, now is the time to do it. Any outright donation to this fund will be matched no matter how large or small! Learn more about what inspired the Challenge!

Make Your Mark on the Knight Center for Music Innovation

Take advantage of a singular opportunity to partner with the Frost School of Music on this spectacular new endeavour and invite you the create a legacy by making a gift to name a seat or leave a message on a paver in this state-of-the-art facility.