CYSO is generously supported in part by individuals and the following foundation, corporate and government funders, without whom we could not provide the programming and support that brings CYSO to life.


percentage of CYSO students who receive financial assistance or attend a free program


Dollars given out in the 2019-2020 season to ensure that tuition is never a barrier to participation


of students say CYSO connects them to the community

Foundation, Corporate, Government and Individual Contributions

$50,000 and aboveThe Negaunee Foundation
$25,000 to $49,999Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Crown Family Philanthropies
Julius N. Frankel Foundation
The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at Prince
$10,000 to $24,999Baum Realty Group*
The Buchanan Family Foundation
DLA Piper*
John R. Halligan Charitable Fund
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Peoples Gas Community Fund
Zachry Group
$5,000 to $9,999The Louis Armstrong Educational   Foundation, Inc.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Sargent Family Foundation
The Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund

From March 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023  

The 2023 CYSO Gala

On Saturday, February 25, nearly 500 CYSO supporters gathered at The Geraghty for the 2023 CYSO Gala. Celebrating pioneering women in music, the event raised more than $680,000 to support CYSO’s music training programs for students from across the Chicago region. Almost 200 of CYSO’s young musicians were on hand, performing works composed, made famous by, or arranged by women. Gala proceeds are key to keeping tuition affordable for all CYSO families, funding financial assistance, and ensuring our expansive community programming is always offered free of charge. Your generosity will have a lasting impact on the lives of our young musicians.

Platinum SponsorsSheppard Mullin
Gold SponsorsJenner & Block LLP / The Bricker Vinik Family 
US Bank
Cynthia Van Osdol & John Sandwick
Brittany Viola & Justin Bernbrock
Silver SponsorsConagra Brands
Old National Bank
Pritzker Traubert Foundation 
Stephen & Terry Schwartz 
Bronze SponsorsAccenture 
Dr. Jana L. French & Peter M. Gotsch
ESOP Structuring Specialists Inc.
Green River Films 
Mary & Lionel Go
Louanne Carabini & Shawn O’Leary
Real Digital LLC
Sipi Metals Corp.
Advocate SponsorsBaker McKenzieWintrust Chicago’s Bank
Ally SponsorsRSM US LLPIsrael Rocha

If you would like more information about how you or your company can become a sponsor of CYSO’s annual gala, contact Marc Bitler at or call 312-939-2207.

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