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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.

Contact us today to make a difference

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
Polk Bros Foundation Merit Sponsor Logo

$25,000 – $49,999

The Brinson Foundation Merit Sponsor Logo
The Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates Merit Sponsor Logo
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events Merit Sponsor Logo

The Knowles Foundation

Additional Support

D'Addario Foundation Merit Sponsor Logo
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 partners work together to strengthen our communities.

Our corporate partners support Merit in a multitude of ways:

  • Sponsorships of Merit events
  • Grants funding Merit’s educational programs
  • Corporate leaders serving on Merit’s Board of Trustees and Civic Advisory Council
  • Volunteering employee time for specialized projects

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

Contact us today to join Merit’s Business Council

Cathy Wloch, Director of Donor Engagement
312-676-3692 | [email protected]


Illinois Tool Works Merit Sponsor Logo
US Bank Merit Sponsor Logo

$10,000 – $24,999

William Blair Merit Sponsor Logo

$5,000 – $9,999


Baker McKenzie

BMO Harris Bank

Cambridge Audio

CAM Comm

City Winery


Fifth Third Bank

Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund

Jenner & Bock


T. Rowe Price Private Asset Management

$2,500 – $4,999

Chicago Cello Society

Foley & Lardner LLP

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

National Flute Association

Nevin Hedlund Architects

Reverb Gives

Shure Incorporated

$1,000 – $2,499

Alper Services LLP

Aria Group Architects

The Ballet Chicago Company

Craft Mechanical

Front Barnett Associates

Italian Village Restaurants

Lake View Music Society

PJH & Associates, Inc.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

West Monroe Partners