Merit School of Music

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 | [email protected]

Lead Institutional Supporters


Kiphart Family Foundation



The Knowles Foundation

Abra Prentice Foundation, Inc.


Additional Support

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 | [email protected]

Lead Corporate Supporters




Baker McKenzie
Bernardi Securities
CAM Comm
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association
City Winery
Dearborn Capital Partners
Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund
Jenner & Block
Mayer Brown LLP
PACO Collective
T. Rowe Price Private Asset Management


Aria Group Architects
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Metropolitan Capital
National Flute Association
Nevin Hedlund Architects
Reverb Gives
Shure Incorporated


AmazonSmile Foundation
The Ballet Chicago Company
Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.
Craft Mechanical
The Dobbs Group
Front Barnett Associates
Heritage Auctions
Italian Village Restaurants
Lake View Music Society
Lincoln Financial Group
PJH & Associates, Inc.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Support Equal Access to High-Quality Music Education