Merit School of Music

Ways to Give

Make a difference in the lives of young musicians.

You Can Help with a Donation

We make it easy to donate with a one-time or recurring gift, either online or via electronic transfer.


If you prefer to donate by check, simply make it out to Merit School of Music and mail it to us at:

Merit School of Music
38 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Prefer to find out more directly from our staff? Reach out to Meredith Barber, Vice President for Development & Marketing, at or 312-267-4461.

Employer Matching Gifts

Find out if your employer will double your donation!

Or contact development@
to see if your employer offers a matching gift program.

Gifts of Stocks, Bonds, or Mutual Funds

Your donation of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds is a great way to make an impact. 

Fill out our securities transfer form or contact us at
872-225-3945 or

Instruments, Music Supplies, and Other In-Kind Gifts

You can help our students develop as musicians by making a tax-deductible gift of property. 

Read about what types of in-kind donations we need and how the process works.

IRA Distributions

Fulfill your philanthropy goals after retirement with a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA .

Learn more or contact us to get started.

Planned Giving

Ensure access to music education for future generations through Merit’s planned giving program.

Learn about making a legacy gift.

Music at Merit Makes the Difference

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students learn in a diverse community of hardworking peers

1 %

of Conservatory graduates go on to college

1 %

of students learning at a reduced or no cost

Summer camp percussion practice


Merit Is a Sound Investment

Merit boasts Candid’s (formerly GuideStar) Platinum Seal of Transparency and a 4-star rating (the highest possible) on CharityNavigator, demonstrating ongoing fiscal excellence.

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