Our Sponsors


Private and community foundation grants provide essential support for Merit’s stability, vitality, and continued success.

Grants can support general operations or be directed to specific programs and activities. Foundation support allows Merit to provide necessary financial aid to talented, low-income children while continuing to improve and deepen programming and instruction for all our students.

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Mark Richard, Institutional Gifts Manager
312-267-4464 | [email protected]


$50,000 – $99,999

Paul M Angell Family Foundation Merit Sponsor Logo
The Grainger Foundation Merit Sponsor Logo
MacArthur Foundation Merit Sponsor Logo

$25,000 – $49,999

The Knowles Foundation

Abra Prentice Foundation, Inc.

Additional Support

Illinois Arts Council Merit Sponsor Logo

Merit School of Music’s programs are partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


Merit and our corporate donors work together to strengthen our communities by supporting Merit in a variety of ways:

  • Sponsor Merit events such as the annual Gala, Stringtacular, and student performances
  • Provide grants to fund Merit’s educational and community programs
  • Designate corporate leaders to serve on Merit’s Board of Trustees and Associate Board
  • Administer matching gifts programs
  • Provide in-kind support to help defray general operating expenses

These partnerships help Merit give the lifetime gift of learning music to talented, motivated young musicians.

Contact us today to learn about corporate support

Steve Majsak, Director of Major Gifts
312-676-3692 | [email protected]


Illinois Tool Works Merit Sponsor Logo
US Bank Merit Sponsor Logo

$10,000 – $24,999

$5,000 – $9,999


Baker McKenzie

Bernardi Securities

Cambridge Audio

CAM Comm

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association

City Winery


Dearborn Capital Partners

Foley & Lardner LLP

Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund

Jenner & Block

Mayer Brown LLP


PACO Collective


T. Rowe Price Private Asset Management

$2,500 – $4,999

Aria Group Architects

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Metropolitan Capital

National Flute Association

Nevin Hedlund Architects

Reverb Gives

Shure Incorporated

$1,000 – $2,499

AmazonSmile Foundation

The Ballet Chicago Company

Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.

Craft Mechanical

Front Barnett Associates

Italian Village Restaurants

Lake View Music Society

Lincoln Financial Group

Monteverde Restaurant

PJH & Associates, Inc.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP