Fund the Music

The ISO is a cultural leader, a key educational partner and a vital part of the social and economic part of the fabric of central Illinois. On April 21, at the New York, New York Gala, we will celebrate the ISO and invite you to join us!

If you are planning to join us this year, we are looking forward to seeing you! If you are unable to join us, we’d like the opportunity to tell you about our exciting Fund the Music, which supports so much of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Did you know it costs about $125,000 to present one of our inspiring LIVE Masterworks concerts? Or that our Illinois Youth Symphony Orchestras cost about $100,000 a year? Just 25 percent of our revenues come from actual ticket sales. The rest comes from grants, sponsorships, and donations like those made during Fund the Music.

You can support the ISO in a variety of different ways, all listed below.


Fund the Music

You can help make a difference by supporting LIVE concert experiences and educational programs with a donation today. Here are some suggested levels you may consider. 

  • Be a Virtuoso $12,000 Sponsor BOTH Chamber Orchestra Concerts during the 2024-2025 season

  • Be Brilliant $7,500 Sponsor one of our amazing concerts during the 2024-2025 season

  • Be Outstanding $6,500 Sponsor the February 2025 Concert for Kids. NOW FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS!

  • Be Inspired $5,000 Sponsor one of our incredible guest artists

  • Be “Note”-worthy $3,000 Sponsor the purchase or rental of music performed in 2024-25

  • Be Instrumental $2,000 Sponsor one of our extraordinary ISO musicians

  • Be Friendly $1,000 Sponsor an entire performance of the Free Community Ensemble Concert Series – Sips & Sounds, Around the Town and more!

  • Be Enlightening $500 Sponsor our acclaimed Music Matters! program

  • Be Their Hero $300 Sponsor tickets for an entire class to attend our FREE Concert for Kids performance

  • Be Accomplished $100 Sponsor one rehearsal for a musician.

We are always glad to work with you to create or customize giving opportunities specifically tailored to your interest and generosity! Monthly & planned giving programs are available as well!

Please contact Darrin Burnett at 217-522-2838 Ext. 3 or for more information

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