The Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities.
Founded in 1957, the Old Town School of Folk Music provides a wide range of music, dance, theater, and visual arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Whatever one's interest, the Old Town School provides broad access to more than 700 accredited class offerings, private lessons, and workshops that span an array of artistic genres.
We believe in quality arts education for everyone. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, your class registration, Music Store purchases, ticket fees, membership and donations help Old Town School support this mission and provide financial aid and arts programming for thousands of Chicagoans every session. Gifts to the School are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
There are many ways to give to the Old Town School. Whether you’re supporting our education programs with donations or donating your time to us your help is invaluable. These links will direct you to ways your corporation or organization can continue to support our programming and mission around Chicago.