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Pictured:  As a Wurlitzer Foundation Fund grant recipient, Arcomusical, based in DeKalb, advocates the awareness and artistic advancement of the Afro-Brazilian berimbau and related African musical bows.

This fall, $111,975 was awarded in Farny. R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund grants to support music education. Recipients include 27 nonprofits and community organizations across the Midwest region of the United States, including some located in DeKalb County, IL. As a donor advised fund established at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund provides grants to further music education.

“It’s an honor to work with the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Board of Advisors to continue to ‘mean music to millions’ and to keep the Wurlitzer name alive in DeKalb County”, said Community Foundation Program Director Anita Zurbrugg.

Spring 2018 grant applications are available online after January 1. Grant applications are due on March 1 and September 1 of each year. The Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Board of Advisors reviews each application for funding support. Preference is given to 501(c)3 organizations in DeKalb County and the broader Chicago metropolitan area.

Fall 2017 Wurlitzer Foundation Fund grants awarded:

Organization Name Grant Purpose Grant Amount
Arcomusical NFP  – DK CO for general operating support $4,000
Casa Central to offer El Cuarto music classes in the Casa Central Adult Wellness Center $4,000
Chicago Children’s Choir to support choral programs in 2017-18 program year $5,000
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble to support “Books Alive!” program in schools $5,000
Chicago Human Rhythm Project to support the music components of CHRP’s education, outreach and performance programming in 2018 $3,000
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic to support “Jazz Alive” in school program $5,000
Chicago Opera Theater  to support Opera for All program during the 2017-18 school year, and for the Young Artists Program $5,000
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras to support the orchestra’s programs $5,000
Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation to support vocal music programming $3,000
Christ the King Lutheran Church and School to support the music program $4,000
Classical Kids Music Education to bring a week of educational activities and the hit theatrical concert production “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” to underserved students in Chicago Public Schools $5,000
DeKalb Public Library – DK CO to purchase music and recording equipment for sound studio $5,000
DuPage Children’s Museum to help support our Tiny Great Performances series that provides children with an opportunity to experience a live, engaging, and enriching artistic performance $2,500
Foundations of Music for general operating support $5,000
Fulcrum Point New Music Project for general operating support $5,000
Genoa-Kingston CUSD 424  to purchase acoustic shells for  performance venue $3,275
Glenwood Academy to purchase musical instruments and musical software $3,500
Grace Christian Academy to provide band lessons $4,800
Little Kids Rock for general operating support $5,000
Maywood Fine Arts Association for the “Aspiring Musicians” scholarship program $3,000
Northwestern Medicine Hospice, DeKalb to support music therapy for hospice patients $5,000
Snow City Arts Foundation to support standards based music education at Chicago area hospitals $7,500
St. Peter Lutheran School to purchase drums for K-5 students $2,400
The Chicago Philharmonic Society for general operating support $5,000
Third Coast Baroque for general operating support $2,000
Urban Gateways to support Four Layer Players Drumline Ensemble after school program $3,000
Walther Christian Academy to repair band instruments   $2,000
  Total Granted $111,975

The Community Foundation is proud to continue the mission of the former Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation to support music education. If you would like to support creative arts in your community, please contact Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org.

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