Grantee Profile

Merit School of Music

Grants to Merit School of Music

  • $350,000

    2016 (Duration 4 years, 11 months)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Merit School of Music is a community music school that provides music instruction with a focus on youth from underserved populations. It serves 4,000 students ranging from newborn to high school-aged regardless of their ability to pay. Merit offers a continuum of music programs, starting with its early childhood music program progressing through the Instrumental Music program and culminating with its tuition-free music Conservatory. The Conservatory serves 350 of Chicago’s most talented student musicians in grades four to 12. It also runs off-site music programs at schools and community centers across the city. The organization is headquartered in the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, which is a 40,000 square foot facility in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood that includes meeting rooms, lesson rooms, and three recital halls. This award is recommended to renew general operating support to Merit School of Music.

  • $300,000

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $230,000Active Strategy

    2006 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $90,000Active Strategy

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of a campaign to procure a permanent and appropriate site for the Merit School of Music (over two years).

  • $150,000Active Strategy

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $60,000

    1998 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $125,000

    1998 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Building Communities Through Music program in the Pilsen/Little Village and East Austin/West Garfield Park neighborhoods (over three years).

  • $60,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $30,000

    1994 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support organizational strategic planning initiatives.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Merit School of Music $1,645,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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