CHARLES SCHWARTZ FOUNDATION FUNDS CONSERVATIVE
by Hank Willow. [January 31, 2004]
[HollywoodInvestigator.com] Struggling musicians
-- especially conservative artists! -- have a financial patron in the Charles
Schwartz Foundation for Music.
Speaking exclusively to the Hollywood Investigator, CSFM executive director Don Schwartz describes
his organization as "a private family-run foundation, funded by the estate
of Charles Schwartz. I have no clue what his (Charles's) politics
were, [but] I'm a conservative artist and naturally would look favorably
at art that expressed a conservative point of view."
"We give contributions in
the $100 to $5000 range. I would be happy to talk to artists who
wish to express conservative non-religious ideals."
This does not mean Schwartz
is seeking music that is exclusively or explicitly conservative. "The foundation has not funded anything based on a political agenda," he
says. "However, we have declined to fund some projects which we felt
had a Left tilt.
"Each project is unique and
need only appeal to the board of directors, which consists of my wife and
I, and two relatives.
"We fund mostly, but not
exclusively, music-related venues. We give to two theater companies
which work with poor children, and fund scholarships. We helped fund
a concert in Israel and classical music lessons to children in Southern
Africa. We sponsor a music award by Film Feast New Haven, and Shakespeare
in the park in New Haven. We contributed to the soundtrack of an
Don Schwartz describes Charles
Schwartz as "a jazz composer with several albums [who] also wrote books
on the lives of Cole
Porter and Gershwin (a biography and a bibliography
Of his current family's artistic
interests, Don Schwartz says: "I am an amateur sculpture and my son is
a glass-blower. My wife and I are active in several art organizations."
Musicians seeking funding
may contact Don Schwartz at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hank Willow is a Los Angeles based tabloid reporter who investigates Hollywood scams and Tinseltown's occult underbelly. Read about his adventures in tabloid journalism in Hollywood Witches
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