About the Old Town School

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.

Support Your Old Town School

We believe in quality arts education for everyone. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, your class registration, 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.

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Membership

Annual Reports

Outreach Programs & Sponsors

More Ways To Help

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.

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Planned Giving: The Unbroken Circle

Sponsorship & Advertising


History & Mission

Read all about our fascinating history since our opening in 1957

Directions & Campuses

You have to get here to be here! Easy access to our campuses via public transportation in both Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.

Contact Us

Not finding what you’re looking for? Contact us.

Volunteer Opportunities

We love our volunteers, learn more about our volunteer program

Hire Our Artists

Our artist engagement services offers a wide array of entertainment for any occasion by talented, professional artists. Everything from soloists to 11-piece bands, we can help take your event to the next level and help support the school at the same time!

Press Room

News and updates from Old Town School

Employment

Current openings for staff and faculty positions

Financial Aid Available

We provide financial aid to both children and adults for private lessons and group classes based on financial need.

Resource Center

Housed in the basement of our Lincoln Avenue campus, the Resource Center holds a collection of over 25,000 commercial and archival recordings, videos, books, photos, documents and periodicals.

Meet Our Teaching Artists

Over 250 of the most talented artists in Chicago ready to inspire you in classes and lessons!

Our Administrative Staff

A listing of administrative departments and contact info at Old Town School

Board Of Directors

A listing of our current Board Of Directors