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The name that ‘means music to the millions’ continues to live on through the DeKalb County Community Foundation. This spring, $136,350 in Wurlitzer Foundation Grants were awarded to 18 nonprofits and community organizations across the Midwest region of the United States. All grants support music and music education.

“As one of 18 organizations receiving support, the NIU Community School of the Arts is honored to accept this generous grant from the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation, said NIU Community School of the Arts Director Joshua Anderson. “The grant will fund scholarships for CSA students to participate in music lessons, classes, ensembles, and summer camps. These programs have a lasting impact on our students and the support we receive from wonderful organizations like the Community Foundation is critical to their continued success.”

Applications for Wurlitzer Foundation Grants are due by midnight on March 1 and September 1 of each year. Funding support is determined by criteria met and the amount requested. Preference is given to 501(c)3 organizations.

Spring 2017 Wurlitzer Foundation Grants awarded:

Organization Name Grant Purpose in Grant Agreement Grant Amount
Cerqua Rivera Art Experience dba Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre to underwrite musicians in the Inside/Out program $2,500
Chicago Sinfonietta for general operating costs $5,000
Children’s Community Theatre to offer two session of a musical theater camp $5,000
Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College to support the CODA program $5,000
Cor Cantiamo to support the 2017-18 performance season $7,500
Elgin Symphony Orchestra to support education and community outreach programs $5,000
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Inc. to support the advanced Youth Symphony $5,000
Ellwood House Association to energize major events with live music $1,850
Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance to sustain and expand the Access to Music Program $6,000
Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus d/b/a Anima to provide music education and performance opportunities for young people in a four county radius $6,000
Holy Family Ministries to assist with the music program at Holy Family School $5,000
Holy Trinity High School to support the expanding music program $2,000
Intonation Music for general operating support $5,000
Just Make It Happen – DeKalb, Inc. to support the Artist in Resident performance program $7,500
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra to support the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s music education and performance outreach $3,000
Lawrence Hall Youth Services to support the Expressive Music Therapies Program $6,000
Merit School of Music to provide high quality music instructions to children in low income schools and community centers throughout Chicago $7,500
Music of the Baroque to support Strong Voices Arts Learning program $5,000
NIU-Visual and Performing Arts School of Music to fund need based scholarships for families in DeKalb and surrounding communities to attend music and art programs $5,000
Orion Ensemble to underwrite expenses for the educational program $3,000
People’s Music School for general operating support $5,000
Rockford Symphony Orchestra to support the annual youth concert $5,000
Sandwich School District-Sandwich High School to purchase an intercom system for musical and drama productions $5,700
Special Gifts Theatre to support the Musical Theatre Program $3,000
St. John’s Lutheran School to support group drumming for K-8 students $3,200
St. Mary Catholic School – DeKalb to support the solo performance of the Lancer Band $1,000
Sycamore Music Boosters to purchase Timpanis for the Sycamore Middle School band $7,600
Young Naperville Singers to support the youth choral music education program $3,000
Genoa Kingston High School Music Department to purchase portable sound system equipment for band and chorus classes $5,000
Total Amount Granted $136,350

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.

Pictured: Check presentation of a Wurlitzer Foundation Grant to the NIU Community School of Arts. From left: Anita Zurbrugg, Community Foundation Program Director; Charlie McCormick, Community Foundation Board Member; Kristin Sherman, NIU CSA Administrative Aide; Joshua Anderson, NIU CSA Director, Allison Kozinski, NIU CSA Student Worker; Lesly Schoo, NIU CSA Office Manager.

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