Grantee Profile

Chicago Sinfonietta

Grants to Chicago Sinfonietta

  • $625,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 11 months)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Sinfonietta, founded in 1987, is a professional orchestra that presents symphonic performances, provides mentoring programs for young musicians and conductors of color, and facilitates music education through its programs with Chicago Public Schools. It is the nation’s most diverse symphony orchestra, and it attracts a similarly diverse audience.  A MacArthur Award recognizes organizations that have excellent programs, that are well-managed, and that are at an inflection point, where they are likely to grow either in size or influence. The Sinfonietta will allocate most of the awarded funds to an operating reserve; it will allocate a smaller portion to underwriting critical infrastructure upgrades.

  • $262,500

    2015 (Duration 4 years, 11 months)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Sinfonietta is a professional orchestra that presents symphonic performances, provides mentoring programs for young musicians and conductors of color, and facilitates music education through its programs with the Chicago Public Schools. It is the nation’s most diverse symphony orchestra. This grant supports the Sinfonietta’s goals of creating innovative concert experiences, strengthening its financial position, and playing a leading role nationally in advocating for racial equity in the classical music community.

  • $250,000

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $75,000Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To expand www.chicagoclassicalmusic.org, a website run by a consortium of classical music groups (over three years).

  • $60,000Active Strategy

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $30,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $90,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $90,000

    1993 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $28,500

    1992 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support broadcasting four concerts on WFMT, including a Kennedy Center concert, with the goal of developing new audiences.

  • $50,000

    1991 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Chicago Sinfonietta $1,561,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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