About IGE 2019-03-14T22:30:07+00:00

About Innovative Giving Enhancement

Innovative Giving Enhancement 501(a)(2) received its nonprofit registration as an educational public charity in 2014. Originally envisaged in 2011 as an international communitarian salon for a select group of friends, artists and master musicians, overwhelming interest for participation in IGE educational Immersions encouraged reevaluation and expansion.

As IGE transitions from salon to educational nonprofit, organizational structures have been created to maximize benefits for Musical Ambassadors, nonprofit partners, local communities and participants. With each successful sold out Immersion, it is increasingly evident that Immersions bring substantive benefit to many. Not only do IGE Immersions provide context for international musicians, artists, and supporters to dislocate from the mundane and rediscover inspiration, but Immersions benefit local partner nonprofits and artist communities through donations, grants, artist residencies and educational programming.

On conclusion of the prototype 2013 Venice Immersion, IGE orchestrated three successive Venice Immersions in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In October, 2018 IGE conducted the inaugural Barcelona Music and Art Immersion, our most expansive Immersion to date.

We are proud to announce IGE’s first Lisbon Immersion – October 4-13, 2019.  Prague 2020 is under development.

What does IGE fund?

Innovative Giving Enhancement (“IGE”), a 501(c)(3) public charity, conducts educational music and art immersions, benefit performances and philanthropic activities in support for non-profit arts foundations and public charities worldwide. IGE directly and indirectly funds environmental and social programs, artist development, cross-cultural artistic exploration, international arts education, and other humanitarian causes.

Recent IGE partners and donation recipients:

Kaua’i, Hawai’i:  Kaua’i Hospice

Havana, Cuba: Reeds and strings donations to local Havana musicians, Skateboards and gear donations for young woman skateboarders of Amigo Skate Club, Havana

Venice, Italy:  Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia,  Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, ACIT Venezia – Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, Laboratorio Artisti Outsider Venezia, Artistic residencies for Italian master musicians

Barcelona, Spain: Street Child, Hospital de Sant Pau, a world heritage site, Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona and MEAM, Museo Europeo de Arte Moderno. Two dozen artistic residencies for Spanish master musicians

Lisbon, Portugal: APCC – Associacao Portuguesa de Contact Centers, Artistic residencies for Portuguese master musicians

Other 2018 Donations: Hanalei Initiative, Earthjustice, Rex, Foundation, Beautiful Lives Lost Portrait Project, AltruVistas

IGE Staff

Matt Butler, Chief Event Orchestrator

Matt is founder and conductor of  The Everyone Orchestra, a revolving cast of musicians who play festivals, concerts and special events around the world (www.EveryoneOrchestra.com). His unique improvisational conducting technique and collaborative platform are designed to span musical genres, build community and break the boundaries of how audiences and performers experience music.

Matt heads the teams that plan, design and produce IGE events and performs as a Musical Ambassador on drums and conducting. He lives with his wife and two teens in Portland, Oregon U.S.A.

IGE Board Members

Michael Becker, President

Michael Becker founded IGE in 2014 on retirement from nearly three decades of international teaching in Nepal, Japan, China, Switzerland, Ecuador and most recently, Portland, Oregon. Prior to teaching, Michael worked as a socially responsible investment broker, advertising account executive, and groundbreaking natural foods restaurateur.

Given lifelong love for travel, decades as an ex-patriot, and significant experience creating and implementing extraordinary international travel experiences for students and adults, Michael synthesized his expertise and various interests into the creation of an entirely unique public charity for benefit of musicians and artists, international arts nonprofits and local communities.

Scott Law, Musical Director

Multifaceted artist Scott Law is an accomplished guitar master, songwriter, vocalist and solo recording artist operating at the very highest level of his craft. A not so secret weapon sought after for his distinctive ability to elevate the potency of any stage collaboration, Law is a fearless improviser circulating with legendary Bluegrass, American Roots, Rock and Jamband luminaries including Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), The String Cheese Incident, Peter Rowan, Darol Anger, The Travelin’ McCoury’s and many others. Scott’s original music and guitar style comes straight from the heart of psychedelic Americana, granting him the creative latitude to constantly push the envelope and help create singular, unforgettable musical experiences for audiences worldwide.

Arthur Steinhorn, Secretary & Treasurer

Arthur Steinhorn has spent over three decades as a finance professional in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. In addition, for the past two decades he has served in various positions, including President and Treasurer of numerous non-profit boards.

Nicki Bluhm

Californian singer-songwriter and band leader, Nicki Bluhm, has been a frequent Musical Ambassador through IGE’s earliest Venice and Barcelona Immersions. She brings her deep knowledge  and experience as a world traveler and performer as IGE expands to Lisbon and beyond.

Leonardo Suarez Paz

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina is known for his uncommon talent as a singer, a career he began at the age of 6, a tango dancer and an artist who “possesses a unique spirit and is a virtuoso extraordinaire on the violin” (Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York). Leonardo made his debut as a violinist at age 14 and at 16, he became the youngest member of the Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón Opera House in Buenos Aires. As a classical musician he recorded with Placido Domingo, accompanied Alfredo Kraus, Aaron Rosand, was a soloist for Julio Boca’s Ballet Argentino and concertmaster for Savion Glover’s Classical Savion tour. He was the featured on the Grammy-winning albums 100 Años de Mariachi with Placido Domingo, Tango, with Carlos Franzetti and Ruben Blades, Amarte Es Un Placer with Luis Miguel and performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Spoleto and Umbria Jazz Festivals in Italy and others.

IGE Advisory Board Members

Jay Blakesberg


Laura Barstow

Ross James


Annie Robertson

IGE European Advisory Board Members

Marco Petzold

Barcelona, Spain


Jan-Niclas Petzold

Cologne, Germany


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Aaron Feder

Barcelona, Spain

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble

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