To integrate musical creativity into everyday life through performances of the music of diverse living composers, collaborative events designed to reach new audiences, innovative commissioning projects that foster the creation of new music and through storefront music schools that teach musical creativity.



ACM relies on contributions, both large and small, to support our innovative programs like the Thirsty Ears Festival, Relevant Tones, Sound of Silent Film, Composer Alive, Songs About Buildings and Moods and the ACM School of Music.

Your generosity enables us to continue our mission of integrating musical creativity into everyday life.

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Meet our top supporters



10,000 and Above

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
John Boustead
City Arts Grant of Chicago
Chicago Presents
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Illinois Arts Council
New York State Council of Arts

2,500 - 5,000

Amphion Foundation
Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
Alice M. Ditson Fund
Dominic Johnson
SunFei Ye

1,000 - 2,500

Linnea Boustead
Cliffdwellers Arts Foundation
Susan Doig
Elementum Advisors
Bob and Judy Kucera
Valerie Medelyan
Sandra K. Newman
Jessica and Oliver Richardson
Historic Milwaukee

500 - 999

Patricia Bayerlein
Dovetail Brewing
Marilyn Caton
Grant Park Music Festival
Hazel Boutique
William Susman
George Thiruvathukal
Michael Yannell
Thomas E. Youngs

250 - 499

Katherine Barnaby
Timothy Corpus
Jake Cowan
Amy Flannery
Irene Freelain
Alan Goldberg
Jane Heron
Janet Carl Smith
Steven Todd
Linda Winke

100 - 249

Galen Gulick
Meyer and Raena Hammerman Foundation
Patrick Hartge
Valerie Hollaender
Mary Honda
Marissa Ingley
Jennifer Jepson
A. Kazarian
Eric Kingery
Carrie Kirtz
Flori Kovan
Rohan Leach
Janice Misurell-Mitchell
Darius Morley Jr.
Patricia Murphy
Anna Musci
Brian Packham
Marla Pena
Patrick Powers
Shepherd Roberts
Juan Rodriguez
Carl Rogers
Jen Schatzko
Paul Scherer
Kim Schlechter
Marcia Shuminas
Mary Sue Sidoti
Anne Suh
Robert Steel
Benjamin Taylor
Nina Wilfred

50 - 99

Dave Belden
Deanne Borden
William Bradley
Luis Cerro Chiang
Dan and Erica Chandler
Robert Chen
Casey Chin
Sam Cottrell
Patricia Emerson
Bob Falwell
Sara Franco
Dan Goodman
Keith Hall
Kim Hughes
Nancy Hughes
Sarah Hummel
Lynn Keller
Florice Kovan
Mike Leghorn
Laverne Lund
Mark Lupescu
Amy Rasmussen
Melissa Rice
Donald Rogers
Tiffany Salzman-Jones
Ericka L. Samuels
Adriana Sanchez
Rachel Schaefer
Stephen Snowder
KT Somero
Greg Steinke
Alan Waterman
Hannah Francis Watts
Barbara Wetzel
Heather Wiley

100 - 249

Mike Ardashnikov
Angela Asprec
Dave Belden
Miriam Argov
Sheila Arrildt
Larry Bennett
Linda Brummer-Welsh
Katrina Burton
Lorenzo Cardine
Michael Chladek
Robert Cohn
Conrad Cummings
Patrick Cummings
Anna Curry
Manuel Álvarez Diestro
Marla Eps
Amy Flannery
Denyse Ffrench
Bill Gaines

0 - 49

Aaron Alter
Regina Harris Baiocchi
Lynn Bechtold
Michael Bell
Christy Bennett
Samantha Borrow
Zenia Brezden
Joseph Buchheit
Kathleen Carter
Michael Chladek
Julie Degner
John W. Diaz
Craig Duff
Shanan Estreicher
Jennifer Fong
Chris Freeburg
Julia Garcia
Judith Gloston-Getz
Melinda Green
Heather Hagerty
Jonathan Hannau
Cherray Harris
Paul Giallorenzo
Valerie Hollaender
Ann and Gordon Howard
Venus Howard
Kim Hughes
Jeremy Irish
Paul Johnson
David Kawliche
Debra Kaye
Jeremy Kelton
Tomicka Keys
Mary Mac Kinnon
Kenneth Konopka
Sandra Lehner
Cal Macklin
Charles Macko
Jeffrey Maharry
Keith Mautner
John McDonald
Mirella Miranda
Patricia Murphy
Sandra Olsen
Kathleen Pace
Nakesha Seaton
Rhapsody Snyder
Greg Steinke
Brian Toba
Thalia Torres
Emily Webb-Price
Aubree Weiley
Barb Weiley
Jill Wheedon
Regina Williams
Lan Vu
Jocelyn Zelasko


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