The Center for Black Music Research is a unit of Columbia College Chicago, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Columbia College provides ongoing basic operating support for its staff, space, and supplies. However, the CBMR relies on outside funding to support its public programming, including conferences, performance programs, fellowships, publications, and special research initiatives. A small but significant portion of this funding comes from CBMR Associate memberships, as well as publication subscriptions and sales. Individual, foundation, and corporate contributions are the primary sources of funding that support the Center's outreach activities.
Types of Giving
The CBMR has an impressive record of attracting one-time, multi-year, and continuing grants from more than fifty corporate, private, and government foundations and funding agencies. It seeks grant funds to support its public programming and special research initiatives.
You can support the Center through individual giving, including memorial gifts, fellowship suppport, general operating support, and specific campaign support.
Charitable Bequests and Planned Giving
Regardless of the size of the gift, planned and deferred giving support the Center's ongoing operation and may provide tax benefits to you and your heirs.
For grants, individual contributions, deferred giving, and in-kind support:
Morris A. Phibbs, Deputy Director
The CBMR Library and Archives are a leading repository for scores and music by black composers and for personal papers, recording collections, and research collections. The CBMR welcomes and encourages donations and bequests of materials that will increase the research value and utility of its holdings, particularly sheet music, photographs, film and video footage, recordings, and archival and manuscript materials concerning all aspects of black music and dance. Of special interest to the CBMR are scores and papers of contemporary composers, recordings and other materials about gospel music, and recordings of and materials about popular music idioms throughout the African diaspora.
We encourage donors to consult the CBMR Archivist before donating materials:
Laurie Lee Moses, Archivist and Digital Librarian