Be a Patron

The Louisville Youth Orchestra offers an extraordinary opportunity for young musicians in our community.  Each member receives nearly 125 hours of rehearsal with professional conductors, inspiring performance opportunities, and innovative programs.  The cost of providing these opportunities averages approximately $1,500 per member each year.

The LYO strives, however, to keep membership fees as affordable as possible.  Membership in the core programs is $520 per year with discounts for families with more than one member and with scholarships to make membership possible for those without financial means.

So where does the remaining money come from?  Major support is provided by the Fund for Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council, special grants, and generous contributors.  It's easy to see that programming would not be possible without this additional support.

The Louisville Youth Orchestra has met the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a BBB Accredited Charity.  Click here to view the LYO’s full charity report.

How can I help?

There are several ways you can help the LYO maintain its mission:

Online Contributions

Online contributions are greatly appreciated.  Both businesses and individuals can charge a gift of any amount to most bank cards or to PayPal.  Click the Donate button below to begin a secure transaction and be sure to include information about any designations or preferences in how the gift is acknowledged.

Donate any amount and charge it to either PayPal or a credit card. You can also set up a monthly recurring donation charged to PayPal.

Family Sponsorship Program

The average cost for one year of participation in LYO is $1,500. This amount covers costs such as music, rehearsal and performance hall rental, performance production, conductor salaries and scholarships. We pride ourselves on offering LYO membership at a very reasonable $520 - one of the lowest membership fees in the nation. This means we must rely on additional support to keep our organization economically viable. Your tax-deductible contribution goes directly toward providing a total musical experience for our members.  <more information>

Scholarship Program

A scholarship fund is provided to support financially at-risk LYO members. A designated donation of $400 pays for one full year of membership for a deserving child. A designated donation of $600 pays for one full year of membership and one full year of private music lessons. Sponsors have their name (or their company's name) affiliated with the program and receive two free tickets to all concerts, one free CD of all performances, and a prominent listing in all programs for the year.  Donations can be made online (above) or by contacting Melody Welsh-Buchholz, Executive Director, at (502) 896-1851.

Business Sponsorship

Business donors can complete this form to support the LYO with your tax-deductible donation. 

Merchant Programs

Support Us When You Shop

It’s Easy. With both these programs, your cost will not be affected by their charitable donation programs—but the Louisville Youth Orchestra  will certainly benefit!

You can register at Kroger so that LYO receives a percentage of each purchase:

  • If you already have a Kroger Plus card, go online to

  • Then signup for a Kroger Rewards account, follow their steps and chose Louisville Youth Orchestra  when you have the opportunity to pick an organization from their list.

  • If you don’t yet have a Kroger Plus card, you can get one at the customer service desk at any Kroger. If you use your phone number, rather than a card, at the register: call 800-576-4377 and select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.

  • Then signup for a Kroger Rewards account, follow their steps and choose Louisville Master when you have the opportunity to pick an organization from their list. 

You can register at AmazonSmile so that LYO receives a percentage of  purchases:

  • Go to to register. (If you have an Amazon account already, you can use it at AmazonSmile.)

  • Follow the steps to choose Louisville Youth Orchestra as your charity to benefit.

  • Eligible products will be marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail.