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date: 24 February 2020

Fromm Music Foundation (jazz)locked

  • Gary Galván

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Founded in Chicago in 1952 by Bavarian-born vintner and amateur musician paul Fromm , the Fromm Music Foundation incorporated with the focus of promoting modern music. Inspired by the music of modernists such as Igor Stravinsky, Fromm’s conception to start a foundation in his homeland was thwarted by the institutionalized racism and pogroms endorsed by the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Fromm’s support for composers subsequently began quietly in the United States with contributions to composers amounting to approximately $50,000 per year in the first decade of the foundation’s existence. Fromm participated actively in the foundation until his death in 1987 and regularly consulted contemporary figures such as John Adams, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Gunther Schuller, Ralph Shapey, and Joan Tower to direct his philanthropic efforts. Since its inception, the Fromm Foundation has commissioned the composition and performance of over 300 works by nearly as many, predominantly American, composers.

At the core of the foundation’s pluralistic vision is a dedication to facilitating performances of new works. In ...

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