In 2011, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and the Department of Cultural Affairs merged to form the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). DCASE presents large scale and small high-quality FREE festivals, exhibitions, performances, parades, sport events, farmers markets and holiday celebrations in venues throughout the city each year and assists film projects through the Chicago Film Office. DCASE is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the arts in Chicago as well as supporting the people who create and sustain them.

Jazz Institute of Chicago

The Jazz Institute of Chicago has programmed the Chicago Jazz Festival in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Special events since the festival’s inception in 1979. Established in 1969, the Jazz Institute of Chicago serves as a foundation of support for the creation of new jazz music, sustaining active artists, nurturing new talent and developing new audiences for jazz, especially for Chicago jazz artists.  We do this by supporting jazz education in the schools through partnerships with Chicago Public Schools, mentorship of young players outside of schools through our Jazz Links Youth Programs, commissioning new work and expanding performance opportunities through the concerts and festivals we program throughout the year.   For more information or to join the Jazz Institute please visit www.jazzinchicago.org

Chicago Jazz Partnership

The Chicago Jazz Partnership is a collaborative philanthropic effort made up of corporate, foundation and public funders to promote and support Chicago jazz. It began in 2005 with four founding members over the years included The Boeing Company, The Chicago Community Trust, City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, The Joyce Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, J.P. Morgan Chase and Company, Kraft Foods, Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, United Airlines. The members of the Jazz Partnership recognize jazz in Chicago as a vital part of the city’s history and culture. Therefore through its individual members, the partnership has sought to support jazz financially, technically and strategically by leveraging its resources and social networks. The outcome is that jazz in Chicago will be a more financially secure, powerful music sector in Chicago year-round.

PianoForte Foundation

The PianoForte Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of the piano in Chicago and creating a vibrant piano community that closely connects audiences and artists. The foundation brings excitement and appreciation for piano music to a wide audience through high-quality concerts, festivals, competitions, education, outreach, and public broadcasts.




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