From the Executive Director

ann murray

Dear Friends--

I’ve had the privilege of being part of the International Music Foundation since 1989 and of leading this vibrant little organization since 2001 when I took over from its founder, Al Booth.  Over that time, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of you through our programming – perhaps you, one of the Hess loyal fan-club – or you, one of the robust DIY Messiah vocalists – or you, one of our Live Music Now! students listening open-mouthed to the unmistakable sound of live performance.

As one of Chicago's landmark musical institutions, the International Music Foundation has been quietly and efficiently fulfilling its mission for almost 40 years.  Why? Because we believe—

  • Listening to high-quality live music engages, energizes and gives remarkable pleasure to our audiences.
  • Emerging artists both deserve and need the opportunity to perform for receptive and discerning audiences.

My staff and I roll up our sleeves every day—behind the scenes—to bring free music of the highest quality to adults and children in Chicago. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.  We would of course be so pleased if reading this letter encourages you to get more involved, perhaps even make a donation to help our work along.

Thanks for reading this letter…  We value all of you who connect with our programs – because without an audience, music is only half a miracle.  


Ann Murray
Executive Director 


Supporters and Friends of the International Music Foundation:

A.N. & Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation
Alphawood Foundation Chicago
Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust
Eric and Joan Norgaard Charitable Trust
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
Illinois Arts Council, a State agency
Ken M. Davee Foundation
MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Negaunee Foundation
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Pauls Foundation
Peggy and Steve Fossett Foundation
Performance Trust Companies
Posnick Family Foundation
Sage Foundation
Sahara Enterprises, Inc.
The Saints
Wintrust Financial Corp.

In addition to our corporate, foundation, and government funders, we are fortunate to enjoy the support of many individual donors. Please join them. Contributions to our work, which brings high quality musical experiences to thousands of Chicagoans, are tax-deductible. On-line gifts may be made by clicking on the button below. Checks, payable to the International Music Foundation, should be mailed to: 30 East Adams, Suite 1206, Chicago, IL 60603

Our programs are supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

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30 East Adams, Suite 1206
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312/670-6888
Fax: 312/670-9166