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      98.7WFMT Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grants

      Grants to support two weekly series: Introductions and Relevant Tones

      CHICAGO April 17, 2014 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa has announced that 98.7WFMT, Chicago’s Classical and Fine Arts Radio Station, is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. 98.7WFMT is recommended for grants supporting two weekly series: a $20,000 grant to support Relevant tones, hosted by composer, arts manager, and writer Seth Boustead, and a $12,500 grant to support INTRODUCTIONS, hosted by WFMT program director David Polk.

      Relevant Tones is a groundbreaking, WFMT original series heard on Saturdays at 5:00 pm -- an exploration of the most fascinating time in classical music: right now. This weekly series is the only ongoing syndicated program in the nation devoted to living composers and contemporary classical music.

      The Saturday morning series Introductionsfeatures the Chicago-area’s most talented pre-college classical musicians to showcase outstanding young artists, support the community music programs that nurture their talent, and engage the audiences of tomorrow. Each week, soloists and small ensembles perform live in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio, while larger ensembles are recorded at their home locations.

      NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The NEA is pleased to announce that 98.7WFMT is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape."

      “WFMT is thrilled and grateful to receive this generous support and vote of confidence from the NEA,” said Steve Robinson, WFMT’s Executive VP and General Manager. “These grants will be enormously helpful as we continue to produce and present the very best innovative fine arts content for audiences in our listening area, and to fans across the globe via wfmt.com/streaming” he added.

      Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.
      For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

      About 98.7WFMT
      98.7WFMT, Chicago’s classical radio station, provides the best and broadest selection of classical music and fine arts programming in the country.  A broadcasting force for more than 60 years, the station’s appeal continues to widen.  Via the WFMT Radio Network and WFMT’s enhanced streaming service at wfmt.com/streaming, the station is currently serving the largest audience in the station’s history, with its programming available to a global audience.  A wealth of supplemental content is also available at wfmt.com, including interactive features, event and membership opportunities, and information and blogs related to WFMT series and specials.

      Julia Maish, 98.7WFMT

      Manager of Media Relations
      (773) 509-5551