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Merit School of Music

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Merit School of Music is a performing arts school based in Chicago, IL that was founded in 1979. As of 2019 they had $11 million in revenue and $28 million in assets.

Merit School of Music transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth through removing barriers to high-quality music education.

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Program areas at Merit School of Music

The Merit Music in Communities (MMiC) program was founded in response to a request from Chicago Public Schools to create an in-school music education program. MMiC provides provides high-quality music education to 2,000 students at dozens of schools throughout the city through group instruction in strings, band, choir, piano, guitar, early childhood, and general music. In addition to leading year-long courses, Merit faculty also participate in multi-week general music residencies where they collaborate with students and CPS teachers to creatively enhance reading, language, and critical thinking skills through music.

Merit's Instrumental & Vocal Music program provides approximately 650 beginning and intermediate K-9 musicians with small group after-school programming for string, band, piano, guitar, and voice. As students move through the program's sequential curriculum by achieving set goals, the program becomes deeper and more rigorous, preparing students for entry into Merit's prestigious Alice S. Pfaelzer Conservatory.

Merit School of Music has a robust private lesson program for jazz and classical students of all ages and levels of musical ability. Over 900 students take private lessons at Merit, working one-on-one with celebrated music faculty to explore individual talents and interests, develop skills and technique, and overcome challenges. Approximately 70% of students enrolled in private lessons at Merit receive financial aid.

Form 990s for Merit School of Music

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-06Sep 29, 2020990View PDF
2018-06Jun 19, 2019990View PDF
2017-06Oct 16, 2018990View PDF
2016-06Jul 14, 2017990View PDF
2015-06Mar 25, 2016990View PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for Merit School of Music

Total grants, contributions, etc.$7,245,843
Program services$2,741,473
Investment income and dividends$558,549
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$366,661
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$745,229
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$10,082
Total revenues$11,667,837

Vendors for Merit School of Music

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
WordPressContent management system software2019-09-25
█████████ ████████Software2019-09-25
████████ ███████Marketing software2019-09-25

Personnel at Merit School of Music

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Amy JohnsonVice President for Finance and Administration$101,124Sept. 29, 2020
Meredith BarberVice President for Development and Marketing$0June 30, 2019
████████ ████████Dean and Vice President for Educational Affairs-July 17, 2019
██████ █ ██████Vice President for Programming$104,454June 30, 2019
███████ ██ █████President and Executive Director-Oct. 1, 2020
██████ █████████████Director of Finance$114,063June 30, 2018
███████ ███████Director of Chamber Music; Ensemble Director: Merit Brass Ensemble and Merit-Oct. 1, 2020
████ ████████Development Director$139,366June 30, 2017
██████ ██ ████████Board Member / President$95,718April 21, 2017
...and one more key personnel

Peer performing arts schools

1Macphail Center for Music501(c)(3)$11 millionMinneapolis, MN
2Diller-Quaile School of Music501(c)(3)$3.6 millionNew York, NY
3Brooklyn Music School501(c)(3)$3.1 millionBrooklyn, NY
4Hoff Barthelson Music School501(c)(3)$4.5 millionScarsdale, NY
5Music Institute of Chicago (MIC)501(c)(3)$6.3 millionEvanston, IL
6Old Town School of Folk Music501(c)(3)$12 millionChicago, IL
7Colburn School501(c)(3)$49 millionLos Angeles, CA
8The School of American Ballet (SAB)501(c)(3)$17 millionNew York, NY
9Settlement Music School501(c)(3)$12 millionPhiladelphia, PA
10Waldorf School of Philadelphia501(c)(3)$4.2 millionPhiladelphia, PA
11Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts501(c)(3)$3.5 millionProvidence, RI
12Charlottesville Day School501(c)(3)$3.6 millionCharlottesville, VA
13Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB)501(c)(3)$2.9 millionBoston, MA
14The Harford Center501(c)(3)$3.4 millionHvre De Grace, MD
15Curtis Institute of Music501(c)(3)$25 millionPhiladelphia, PA
16Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (BCM)501(c)(3)$3.7 millionBrooklyn, NY
17Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts501(c)(3)$4.1 millionBerkeley Heights, NJ
18Education Through Music501(c)(3)$5.1 millionNew York, NY
19Wisconsin Conservatory of Music501(c)(3)$4.6 millionMilwaukee, WI
20Crowden Music Center501(c)(3)$3.5 millionBerkeley, CA
21David Hochstein Memorial Music School501(c)(3)$3.0 millionRochester, NY
22Kaufman Music Center501(c)(3)$8.7 millionNew York, NY
23California Jazz Conservatory (CJC)501(c)(3)$3.5 millionBerkeley, CA
24Community Music Center (CMC)501(c)(3)$5.8 millionSan Francisco, CA
25The Music Settlement501(c)(3)$5.3 millionCleveland, OH