Our Supporters

Merit is grateful to the many foundations, corporations, and individuals that make our work possible. Working together in harmony, we are able to help our students soar to new heights and reach their personal and musical goals.

Institutional Partners

Merit is proud to partner with many foundations and leading philanthropic institutions to provide the highest quality music education to students. Together, we make access for all possible.

Contact us today to learn more about how our institutional partnerships make a difference in our community!

Meredith Barber, Vice President for Development & Marketing
312-267-4461 | mbarber@meritmusic.org

Lead Institutional Supporters


Kiphart Family Foundation



The Knowles Foundation

Abra Prentice Foundation, Inc.





The Clinton Family Fund

D & R Charitable Fund

Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation

James P. and Brenda S. Grusecki Family Foundation

John R. Halligan Charitable Fund

The Meier Foundation

Sage Foundation

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.

Corporate Supporters

Merit and our corporate partners work hand in hand to strengthen our communities by supporting Merit in a variety of ways. You can make music with us by:

  • Sponsoring Merit special events such as the annual Gala and Play On!
  • Helping to underwrite student performances such as our Sensory Friendly Concert or Stringtacular
  • Lend support to help fund Merit’s educational and community programs
  • Encourage your employees to take advantage of matching gifts programs

Contact us today to learn more!

Meredith Barber, Vice President for Development & Marketing
312-267-4461 | mbarber@meritmusic.org

Lead Corporate Supporters




Baker McKenzie
CAM Comm
City Winery
Dearborn Capital Partners
Howard & Howard Community
Reinvestment Fund
Jenner & Block
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
PACO Collective
T. Rowe Price Private Asset Management


Aria Group Architects
Craft Mechanical
National Flute Association
Nevin Hedlund Architects
Reverb Gives
Shure Incorporated


BFKN Foundation
Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.
Creative Synergy Inc. DBA Martyrs’
First Eagle Investments Foundation
Heritage Auctions
Italian Village Restaurants
Lincoln Financial Group
PJH & Associates, Inc.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Support Equal Access to High-Quality Music Education