The generosity of hundreds of donors enables Music of the Baroque to engage and inspire Chicago audiences. More than two-thirds of our annual budget comes from contributions. Support from individuals, especially members of the Music of the Baroque audience, and from foundation and corporate grants, ensures that classical music lovers in Chicago can continue to enjoy superb performances of glorious works from one of music history’s most important periods.
Contributions from those who enjoy Music of the Baroque concerts and believe in the value of the performing arts make it possible for us to engage Chicago’s very best musicians, program large-scale choral masterpieces by Bach and Handel, feature world-class soloists and conductors, and introduce Chicago audiences to undiscovered musical treasures from the rich and varied repertoire we explore.
There are numerous ways you can make a gift to Music of the Baroque:
Share your love for music with future generations by making a legacy gift. By honoring Music of the Baroque in this way, you become a member of the Continuo Group and receive special benefits and recognition.
Legacy gifts to Music of the Baroque may be eligible for charitable income and/or gift or estate tax deductions. Music of the Baroque encourages you to consult your legal or financial advisor to keep abreast of changing tax laws.
Types of Planned Gifts
Bequest through a will or trust A bequest to Music of the Baroque through your will or trust is a simple and direct planned gift entirely free of estate and other taxes. You can designate either a percentage of your estate or residuary estate assets or a specific dollar amount as a bequest by inserting a statement of intent in your will, codicil to a will, or trust. Our legal name for this purpose is “Music of the Baroque, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation”.
Life insurance You can make a gift of life insurance to Music of the Baroque by transferring ownership of the policy or naming Music of the Baroque as beneficiary. Your estate may be entitled to a charitable deduction for such a gift.
Retirement plan assets Designating Music of the Baroque as a beneficiary of retirement plan assets can offer significant tax advantages. Most retirement plans are subject to both income taxes and estate taxes if left to individual heirs; such taxes are avoided if you name Music of the Baroque as beneficiary.
For more information about making a planned gift, or to let us know that you have included Music of the Baroque in your estate plan, please email Karen Fishman, Executive Director, or call 312-551-1415, ext 22. Or print and mail back the planned giving form.
Private and family foundations and state and local government agencies are important investors in Music of the Baroque. In addition to supporting concert performances, radio broadcasts, and recordings, our institutional supporters fund Music of the Baroque’s “Strong Voices” arts education program, which helps strengthen high school choral music programs in low-income communities and provides voice lessons, master classes, and in-school concerts for students who lack the resources to pursue their musical aspirations. The Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs are Music of the Baroque’s long-time public partners. Contact Mary Siegel, Development Manager, for more information.
Music of the Baroque offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities to Chicago-area corporations and small businesses. In addition to demonstrating their commitment to the arts and gaining exposure to an affluent, educated audience, sponsors receive a range of benefits including print and online recognition, logo visibility, on-site signage, and the chance to entertain valued clients at Music of the Baroque performances and our annual Gala Benefit, A Musical Feast. Contact Karen Fishman, Executive Director, for more information.
This year’s annual Gala Benefit took place on June 3 at the Fairmont Chicago. More than 280 guests attended this elegant evening of dining and dancing with a very special performance by members of the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra. Please contact Development Manager Mary Siegel about next year's event, including information about individual, corporate, or raffle sponsorship opportunities.
Music of the Baroque supports choral education at Chicago public high schools through its “Strong Voices” arts education program.
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Music of the Baroque
25 East Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Music of the Baroque is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law