Help Save Performers Music!

Performers Music has been a refuge for musicians in Chicago and around the world, and we want to keep it that way.

We need your help to secure a future.

Performers Music is a sheet music store and practice space in the Fine Arts Building on S. Michigan Avenue. We are the only independently-owned sheet music purveyor in the city and one of just a handful remaining in the nation.

We serve all musicians—professionals, amateurs, teachers, and students at every level. Our selection of sheet music includes classical solo, chamber, and orchestral music, as well as opera, jazz, vocal standards, and show tunes, with a wide variety of methods, studies, and educational materials. We also excel at researching hard-to-get music. Here you can look at music in person and compare different editions and pieces.

The store was opened in 1981 by Lee Newcomer, a violist. Since its inception, it has grown in size, diversity, and scope: with a staff of knowledgeable, helpful musicians. Recently Performers Music has been challenged by the rise of digital sheet music, and budget cuts to schools and community music programs.

And now the COVID-19 pandemic has had a sudden and substantial impact on the arts, hitting small businesses, like Performers, hard. Music sales are down drastically with performances and classes being canceled. Since 80% of our profits come from walk-in, in-store sales, and the Fine Arts Building is temporarily closed during this crisis, our future is uncertain. Without help, we cannot survive.

Still, Lee and his team are going strong, taking phone and online orders while planning exciting new initiatives.

In order to keep our employees and pay the bills, we need assistance to keep our doors open.

Your donation to our GoFundMe campaign will not only help us get through the pandemic but give us support to grow in the future. Please share our efforts with your friends and family to help increase our reach. We know how important it is to have a community during these trying times. Music connects us all.

Thank you to our customers who have supported us for years. We wouldn’t be here without you. The Performers Music community is a strong one, and we hope to serve you all again soon!

Donations (673)

  • Jason Stoltenburg
    • $100 
    • 4 mos
  • Frank Warren
    • $50 
    • 8 mos
  • Ji Ho Kim
    • $50 
    • 10 mos
  • Jeanne Schaefer
    • $50 
    • 11 mos
  • Janice Misurell-Mitchell
    • $50 
    • 1 yr


Lee Newcomer
Chicago, IL

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