Recent Recipients of Robert D. Bielecki Foundation Grants

Source: Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.

Henry Threadgill
$20,000 Project Grant
Support for “Immigration and the Return of the Cheap Suit,” a multi-media project. Premieres at Roulette, May 2022.

$10,000 Exhibition/Performance Grant
Support for “Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency” Exhibition and Performance Series. Premieres at Artists Space, October 2021.

Avreeayl Ra
$5,000 Unrestricted Grant
Avreeayl’s history is steeped in the Chicago jazz culture — his father, Arthur ‘Swinglee’ O’Neil, was a prominent tenor saxophone player in Chicago. Avreeayl is considered to be one of the foremost torchbearers of the Chicago improvised jazz tradition. In 2018, Avreeayl was chosen to be the first ever recipient of the Elastic Arts Foundation Achievement Award, honoring his lifetime dedication to music in Chicago as a practitioner and mentor.

Sun Ra House Part 2
$4,000 Additional Repairs / Restoration
This second restoration grant on the Sun Ra House builds on the foundation’s April gift. See story in earlier grant below.

Nick Mazzarella, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Avreeayl Ra
$1,000 Recording Grant
Support for a forthcoming recording on Astral Spirits.

Phyllis Chen
$500 Composition Commission
Support for “Tone Grove,” a piece for two music boxes based on the weavings of Bauhaus artist Anni Albers (in collaboration with LigoranoReese).

Jazz Gallery
$1,000 Concert Sponsorship
Support for The Unknowable: Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Tyshawn Sorey at the Jazz Gallery on September 30th, 2021.

Previous sponsorships include Angela Sanchez (June 18), Fujiwara/Halvorson/Bynum (June 19), Peter Evans’ Being & Becoming (June 24), Kris Davis (June 25)