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Fall Grants to Support Music and Music Education Total $91,600 in Support

The DeKalb County Community Foundation is pleased to report that $91,600 in Wurlitzer Foundation Grants were awarded in the fall of 2016 to support music and music education. Recipients include 22 nonprofits and community organizations across the Midwest region of the United States.

Through the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund, established in 2012, the Community Foundation provides grants to further music and music education. The Community Foundation is honored to keep the Wurlitzer name alive in DeKalb County by working with the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Board of Advisors to continue to ‘mean music to millions’ through its grant support of projects that are consistent with its original mission.

Applications for spring 2017 Wurlitzer Foundation Grants will be available online around January 1. Grant 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 in DeKalb County and the broader Chicago metropolitan area.


Fall 2016 Wurlitzer Foundation Grants awarded:

Organization Name Grant Purpose Amount Granted
Chicago Children’s Choir for general operating support $5,000
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble to support the “Books Alive” programs during the 2016-17 school year $6,000
Chicago Human Rhythm Project to support general operations $3,000
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic to support the “Jazz Alive” program across thirteen Chicago Public Schools $4,000
Chicago Opera Theater to support the Opera for All and Young Artists programs $3,000
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras to support general operations $5,000
Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation to support K-8 vocal music and theory lessons at St. Paul Lutheran School $3,000
Christ the King Lutheran Church and School to maintain and expand the music program $3,600
Classical Kids Music Education to support the expansion of “Music Inspire!” into more Chicago Public Schools $4,000
DeKalb School District – DeKalb High School to purchase a portable microphone system for the music department $6,000
DuPage Children’s Museum to support the Tiny Great Performances series $2,500
Foundations of Music to bring high-quality music education to underserved classrooms in Chicago $5,000
Fulcrum Point New Music Project to support Sound Tracks, an outreach program for 4th and 5th grade students in Chicago Public Schools $5,000
Grace Christian Academy to offer instrumental band lessons and performances $3,500
KishHealth System Foundation to support Hospice Music Therapy programs $5,000
Little Kids Rock to support programs in Chicago Public Schools $5,000
Maywood Fine Arts Association to support the Aspiring Musicians scholarships $3,000
Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra to fund the Children’s Concert performance $2,000
Snow City Arts Foundation to implement standards-based music education for youth in Chicagoland hospitals $7,500
St. Peter Lutheran School to purchase instruments for students in music classes $2,500
Suzuki-Orff School of Music to support general operations $5,000
Urban Gateways to fund a drumline ensemble after school program at EPIC Academy High School $3,000
Total Amount Granted $91,600

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 Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org. For good. For ever.

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