Institutional Giving

The Music Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and most respected community music schools in the country, and its reach extends to more than 7,500 students annually. With a world-renowned faculty who recognize the potential in their students, the Music Institute serves people of all ages and abilities at campuses located in Chicago, Downers Grove, Evanston, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire and Winnetka. MIC students come from Chicago neighborhoods and dozens of other communities across Illinois and the Midwest. 


Through the support of our corporate and foundation partners, the MIC:


Provides Community Music School students of all ages and abilities access to experienced faculty with superior qualifications and a rigorous, high-level curriculum personalized for each individual student’s needs making the MIC’s private instruction is the best in the Midwest. The Community Music School annually provides music instruction to approximately 2,500 students, including private lessons, musicianship (music theory), chamber music and other ensemble opportunities.


Brings classroom music education experiences, professional development opportunities, and outstanding access through performances to thousands of Chicago Public School students and teachers. Arts Link is a collection of programs that provide private music instruction, artist residencies, professional development for teachers, community performances and music education scholarships to schools and community-based organizations in Chicago and other low-income neighborhoods.


Offers annual scholarships to Academy Fellows, ensuring that financial barriers are not a limitation for pre-professional musicians to receive the world-class training that they deserve and require. The Academy is an elite training center for a select number of highly gifted pre-collegiate string players and pianists.The program offers private lessons, chamber music, chamber orchestra, music theory, literature classes, weekly master classes and extensive performance opportunities.


Provides over 15,000 annual attendees the opportunity to be inspired, entertained and educated through live performances at Nichols Concert Hall. Each season presents scores of musical performances, master classes, and lectures by world-class guest artists, MIC artists-in-residence, faculty and students.   Most events are offered free of charge, and are open for the public to attend.