Music schools seeing influx of funds
By Howard Reich
The numbers alone are staggering:
for Northwestern University's new music school building in Evanston;
for the recently completed Colburn School conservatory in Los Angeles;
for the physical expansion of the Juilliard School in New York.
And that's not all. Tens of millions of dollars more are pouring into other music schools across the country – in an era when professional symphony orchestras are struggling to survive and jazz clubs are an increasingly endangered species (outside urban centers such as Chicago, New York and New Orleans).
Which raises the question: Why is so much money from foundations, individuals and universities funneling into institutions that train ultra-sophisticated musicians? Performance opportunities for classical and jazz artists – primary beneficiaries of higher education in music – would seem limited in a pop culture world.
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