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Out of a fruitful partnership with the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation, the DeKalb County Community Foundation is pleased to report that $125,100 in Wurlitzer Foundation grants were awarded this spring. A total of 28 nonprofits and community organizations across the Midwest region of the United States received support for their involvement in music and music education.

The partnership between the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation and the DeKalb County Community Foundation began in 2012, when the Wurlitzer Foundation Board of Directors established a donor advised fund within the Community Foundation. Since 2012, the Wurlitzer Foundation Fund has awarded $818,145 in music grants across the United States. Of this amount, $147,945 has stayed local and been awarded to organizations within DeKalb County.

Deborah Booth, Wurlitzer Foundation advisor and former director of the NIU Community School of the Arts commented, “It is a privilege to be part of this vital effort to support and strengthen arts organizations in the area. The Wurlitzer Foundation has a long history of providing funding to help many groups develop new programming or maintain the best of what they do. The result is a richer world for all of us.”

Fall 2016 Wurlitzer Foundation grant applications will be made available online starting July 1. Applications are due by midnight on March 1 and September 1 of each year. All applications are reviewed by the Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Board of Advisors and funding support is granted based on criteria met and amount requested. Preference is given to 501(c)3 organizations.

The following Wurlitzer Foundation Grants were awarded for the spring 2016 grant cycle:

Organization Name Grant Purpose Grant Amount
Anima Young Singers of Chicago to provide music education and performance opportunities for young people in the 21st Century Composer Initiative Project $5,000
Chicago Sinfonietta for general operating support to rethink the presentation of symphonic music through innovative concert performances and expansive educational outreach programs $5,000
Children’s Community Theatre (CCT) to offer two sessions of summer theatre camp for children in DeKalb County $5,000
Child’s Voice to support the Music, Voices, and Rhythms Program $5,000
Columbia College, Center for Community  Arts to support the Louis Armstrong Legacy Program and Celebration $5,000
Community School of the Arts (Wheaton College) to support the CODA Program $3,000
Cor Cantiamo NFP to support the 2016-17 concert season $7,500
Elgin Symphony Orchestra for general operating support $5,000
Elgin Youth Symphony to support the advanced Youth Symphony $5,000
Ellwood House Association, Inc. to enhance musical programming at Ellwood House Museum’s annual community events $1,250
Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance to support the general operations of the Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance and its Access to Music program for underprivileged children $3,000
Holy Family Ministries to support the school’s music programs $5,000
Holy Trinity High School to support the school’s music programs $5,000
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for general operating support $5,000
Just Make It Happen to expand the Artist in Residence Music Education programs for DeKalb County schools $7,500
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra to support the music, education, and performance outreach programs for youth $6,000
Lawrence Hall Youth Services to support the Expressive Therapies Program $5,000
Luther North College Prep to support a band director position and provide refurbished instruments to students $4,000
Merit School of Music for general operating support $5,000
Music Institute of Chicago (North Shore) for general operating support $3,000
Music of the Baroque to support the Strong Voices arts learning program in the 2016-17 school year $4,000
Orion Ensemble to fund a portion of the educational program, Janet’s Stage and continuing assistance for partnerships at various high schools and the Chicago Youth Symphony $2,500
People’s Music School to support tuition-free music education programs for children in Chicago $5,000
Pianoforte Foundation to help support educational music programs $2,500
Providence – St. Mel School for general operating support $5,000
Sandwich Opera House to assist in the replacement of a light board and audio equipment $4,350
Special Gifts Theater to support the Musical Theatre Program (MTP) during the 2016-17 season $2,500
Sycamore Music Boosters to fund large group after-school elementary band and orchestra rehearsals $4,000
Total Granted $125,100

The Community Foundation is proud to partner with the Wurlitzer Foundation to fulfill their mission and focus for music education and performance. If would like to support the creative arts in your community, or to make a donation to the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund, please contact Dan Templin, Executive Director at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org. For good. For ever.

Pictured: Pre-School and Kindergarten students from DeKalb County schools participate in the Just Make it Happen “Artist in Residence Program.” Through grant support, this program provides students the opportunity to build a higher appreciation of music through music basics and hands-on learning. 

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