Press Releases

Seven Music Education Organizations Join Forces to Secure a $3.5 Million Grant From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Establishing the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative

  Merit School of Music, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago Sinfonietta, The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, DePaul University School of Music and The Ravinia Festival seek to Discover and Nurture Promising Young Musicians from Traditionally Underrepresented Communities Together   An extraordinary $3.5 million grant over … Continued

MERIT SCHOOL OF MUSIC ANNUAL GALA RAISES MORE THAN $1.1 MILLION AS IT HONORS WORLD-RENOWNED CELLIST YO-YO MA AND PHILANTHROPIST HOWARD GOTTLIEB

  Merit School of Music, a nationally accredited music school helping young people of all backgrounds achieve their full potential in and through music, raised more than $1.1 million at its annual gala that honored world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago-based philanthropist Howard Gottlieb. A member of Merit’s National Advisory Board for many years, Yo-Yo … Continued

Yo-Yo Ma & Howard Gottlieb to be Honored at Merit School of Music Annual Gala

    Merit School of Music, a nationally accredited music school helping young people of all backgrounds achieve their full potential in and through music, will honor renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago-based philanthropist Howard Gottlieb at its annual gala on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton,160 E Pearson. Dedicated to helping young people … Continued

Rising Chicago music stars to perform at benefit concert for Merit

– The benefit concert features The JuJu Exchange, among who are Grammy Award winners, Pitchfork Festival performers and session musicians who have worked with Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean and Ed Sheeran, among others. Several other nationally-known surprise guests are also expected to appear at the event. – City Winery Chicago will host the event … Continued

Merit School of Music and Hopewell Brewing Co. join forces to fundraise for the next generation of Chicago’s musicians

Merit School of Music, Chicago’s nationally accredited music school that has produced several award-winning musicians, will host a fundraising event on Saturday, November 4, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hopewell Brewing Co, in Logan Square. The proceeds will be used to help provide music instruction and instruments for Chicago youth. “Chicago has, in … Continued