Privacy Policy

The Merit School of Music respects the privacy of your personal information.

This Privacy Policy explains how we collect and use non-public personal information collected at our website While we attempt to limit the collection of such information to a minimum, we feel that you should be aware of what types of information we do collect, where we collect it from, how we use it and what and to whom we disclose this information.

Information Collection

We collect personally identifiable information including names, postal addresses and email addresses when voluntarily submitted by our visitors at several places on our website. The information you provide is used to fulfill your specific request.

We use third-party companies to assist us with our email communications and online donation payment processing.  These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes other than to fulfill your specific request on behalf of the Merit School of Music.


Visitors to may voluntarily opt-in to receive promotional emails.  In order to do so, visitors are asked to provide personally identifiable information. This information is shared with, and stored by, our email distribution partner, Constant Contact solely for the purpose of distributing promotional email communications from the Merit School of Music.  Constant Contact does not have permission to use this information for any other purpose.

All Merit School of Music emails allow you to opt-out of further mailings by selecting the unsubscribe link that you will find on every email.

Online Donations

The Merit School of Music has contracted with Blackbaud, to provide a secure method of making online donations to our organization.  When you click the Donate button on our website, you will be transferred to the following encrypted page:

Blackbaud does not have permission to use your information for any other purpose other than to process your donation payment for the Merit School of Music.

Please see our Donor Privacy Policy and Commitment for further details.

Cookie and Tracking Technology

Our website uses cookies and tracking technology for gathering information such as browser type and operating system, tracking the number of visitors to our website, and understanding how visitors use the site. Personal information cannot be identified via cookies and other tracking technology.  If you wish, you can set up your browser to refuse cookies. However, we encourage you to accept cookies when surfing our website so we can do our job of providing you useful information as effectively as possible.


Our website contains links to other websites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which the Merit School of Music has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the Privacy Policies on these sites as their policies may be different from ours.

Legal Disclaimer

Although we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law.

Notification of Changes

We reserve the right at any time, and without notice, to change this Privacy Policy by posting changes on our website.  Any such changes will be effective immediately upon posting.  Changes will not apply retroactively.

Contact Information

Questions regarding this Privacy Policy should be directed to Merit School of Music by sending an email to Please reference this Privacy Policy in your subject line.  Or you may contact us at:


Merit School of Music
Re: Privacy Policy
38 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.786.9428