Grantee Profile

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Grants to Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

  • $400,000

    2015 (Duration 4 years)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, founded in 2004, is a 55-piece orchestra that composes and performs complex works designed to bridge the gap between jazz and classical music. Its programming includes guest performances, performances of original works, and a Chicago Public Schools arts education program called JazzAlive. The Jazz Philharmonic has a national reputation for its artistic flexibility. It reaches annual audiences of 42,000 people through its performance and educational work. 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. Chicago Jazz Philharmonic will allocate most of the award to an operating fund; a smaller portion will be used to develop and implement a strategic plan.  

  • $50,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of a music exchange with Cuba. Cuban and Philharmonic musicians will perform a new composition in Chicago and Cuba.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Chicago Jazz Philharmonic $450,000 between 1978 and 2018.

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