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$136,350 in grants support music and music education

A Wurlitzer Foundation Grant was recently presented to the NIU Community School of Arts. Pictured (from left) are Anita Zurbrugg, DeKalb County Community Foundation program director; Charlie McCormick, DCCF Board member; Kristin Sherman, NIU CSA administrative aide; Joshua Anderson, NIU CSA director; Allison Kozinski, NIU CSA student worker; and Lesly Schoo, NIU CSA office manager.
A Wurlitzer Foundation Grant was recently presented to the NIU Community School of Arts. Pictured (from left) are Anita Zurbrugg, DeKalb County Community Foundation program director; Charlie McCormick, DCCF Board member; Kristin Sherman, NIU CSA administrative aide; Joshua Anderson, NIU CSA director; Allison Kozinski, NIU CSA student worker; and Lesly Schoo, NIU CSA office manager.

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,” NIU Community School of the Arts Director Joshua Anderson said in news release. “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 Sept. 1 of each year. Funding support is determined by criteria met and the amount requested. Preference is given to 501(c)3 organizations.

Following are the Spring 2017 Wurlitzer Foundation Grants awarded:

• 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 Residence performance program, $7,500

• Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra to support 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

To support the creative arts in your community, or donate to the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund, contact DCCF Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org.

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