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Grants available for music programs

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 9:44 a.m. CDT
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Saavana Robles (left), KishHealth System Hospice volunteer, and Jen Conley, hospice music therapist/counselor, try out new drums and percussion instruments purchased through a Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Grant in 2013 to support a children's bereavement group and a caregiver support group through hospice.

Grants are available through the DeKalb County Community Foundation to programs and organizations supporting music and music education in DeKalb County. Advisers of the Farny R. Wurlizer Foundation Fund are accepting grant requests through March 31 and again in the fall until Aug. 30. Interested applicants should contact George Buck at george@dekalbccf.org for more information. 

“This is an excellent opportunity to support music education programs and enhance the musical arts in and around DeKalb County while at the same time honoring the unique history the Wurlitzer Company played within our community and around the world,” community foundation program director Anita Zurbrugg said. “This investment in support of music and music education will benefit DeKalb County for generations.”

The Wurlitzer Company, established in 1856 and closed in the mid 1980s, was an international piano and organ manufacturer with headquarters in DeKalb.  Farny R. Wurlitzer and his wife established the Wurlitzer Foundation in the 1940s to further music education and performance around the Midwest.

Grant applicants must be nonprofit or educational organizations promoting music or music education. The grants applications will be reviewed and awarded by the Farny R. Wurlizer Foundation Fund Advisers, under the direction of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. During 2013, $225,000 in Wurlitzer Foundation grants was distributed throughout the Midwest, including $8,000 to DeKalb County organizations.

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