Support Us


12079624_777724042353687_1893614014432645096_nThe fees we charge our students only cover 10% of our costs. The rest comes from donors like you. Any donation of time, money, wish list items, or instruments is most welcome and appreciated. Greater Milwaukee El Sistema is a 501 (c)3 charitable organization. Gifts are deductible to the full extent of the law. Donors should consult their tax advisors about all deductions.

Checks can be sent to:

Greater Milwaukee El Sistema
P.O. Box 2271
Waukesha, WI 53187-2271


Money is necessary, but time is invaluable.  Volunteer at El Sistema Community Night, a community partnership with First United Methodist Church of Waukesha, 121 Wisconsin Ave Waukesha WI 53186. Come check us out, visit with the children, meet the parents, El Sistema Board Members and staff. Third Thursday of the month, 6:15-8:00, Dining Room.

To give you an idea of costs:

Yearly sponsorship for one student: $2,000
Music for thirty students: $300
Summer music camp, one child: $400

One teacher, annual pay: $4,050
Two teachers: $8,100
Three teachers: $12,150
Teacher training, summer program: $1,500/teacher

New violin strings: $28
New viola strings: $44
Bow rehair: $54
New bridge (violin): $54
Cello back: $54
Violin case: $54
Instrument sponsorship per student per year: $100
Maintenance and repair fee (violins, violas, cello): $84 per year / $42 per semester

Website: $1,200
Administrative Leadership Training: $1,500 up to $3,000

Because GMES is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization, all your donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted. We will send you a confirmation letter acknowledging your contribution.


Goal $2000: Contributions to our Music Library, particularly Level One-Level Two Music for String Orchestra and Flex Music (For Orchestra and Band available through Hal

Goal $3000:  Sponsorship towards establishing the Ralph North Teaching Chair

Goal $3000: Contributions to further our teacher’s education and training.

Goal $5000: GMES Scholarship fund for High School volunteers pursuing a career in music or music education.

Goal $5000: Contributions towards our Endowment Fund at WCCF. To help build the GMES Endowment Fund  to our goal of $10,000, checks can be made out to WAUKESHA COUNTY COMMUNITY FUND DEVELOPMENT, with memo: Greater Milwaukee El Sistema. 

Donate an instrument to an El Sistema graduating student planning to pursue music through High School and College.

Goal $30,000: Help build an endowment for Administrative Payroll