Grantee Profile

Jazz Institute of Chicago

Grants to Jazz Institute of Chicago

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2016 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Jazz Institute of Chicago was established in 1969 to support and develop jazz artists and audiences. For more than 35 years, it has managed and directed the Chicago Jazz Festival by selecting performers, negotiating musician contracts, staffing and hosting on-stage and off-stage events, and providing marketing services. Performances are free and available to the public in a number of community venues, including Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. In 2016 and 2017, the Jazz Festivals will incorporate spoken word performances for the first time by featuring the Young Chicago Authors, a MacArthur grantee that promotes self-expression and literacy among young people through writing and poetry. This award provides operating support to the Jazz Institute of Chicago's 2016 and 2017 Chicago Jazz Festivals, the annual showcase for local, national and international jazz talent.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Jazz Festival is one of the largest free jazz festivals in the world. For more than 35 years, the Jazz Institute of Chicago has managed and directed the artistic programming for the Chicago Jazz Festival. The Festival promotes a wide variety of jazz forms including experimental, traditional, big band, vocal, and Latin Jazz through live musical performances. Renewed critical infrastructure support for the Festivals in 2014 and 2015 will allow for the continued presentation of performances in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center and expanded performances in community-based venues.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant will provide general operating support for the 2012 and 2013 Chicago Jazz Festivals, the annual showcase for international, national and local jazz talent in Chicago. Programming is accomplished through a partnership between Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The Jazz Institute of Chicago, established in 1969, works to nurture new talent, support artists, and develop new audiences for jazz. For the past thirty years, the Jazz Institute has managed and directed the artistic programming for the Chicago Jazz Festival.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the annual Chicago Jazz Festival (over two years).

  • $60,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of programming for the 2010 Chicago Jazz Festival.

  • $20,000

    1998 (Inactive Grant)

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

  • $25,000

    1994 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Chicago Jazz Festival.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Jazz Institute of Chicago $505,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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