The Wien Museum:
Beethoven Museum Heiligenstadt Recital Hall
In 1802, Beethoven moved to the town of Heiligenstadt on the outskirts of Vienna known for its miraculous healing springs and treatments. The great composer had recently realized he was losing his hearing-- the most important sense of a man devoted to music. The medical treatments failed to restore his hearing and Beethoven was devastated. Returning to his rooms, Beethoven wrote a letter to his brothers outlining his despair and plans to end his life. While writing, his words shifted from regret and grief to hope and anticipation. He realized that despite his disability, he could prevail. Within the next few years, Beethoven would write some of his most powerful compositions, and in doing so, cemented his legacy as one of the greatest visionaries of all time. The letter, now known as the Heiligenstadt Testament, is housed within the room it was written.
With that in mind, the LPMC Foundation donated $75,000 to the Vienna Museum to support the renovation of Ludwig van Beethoven's Heiligenstadt home. In addition to renovating the house, the Vienna Museum has also constructed a performance space in the facility. Music students from Vienna and around the world will have the opportunity to listen to and perform in this new space. In fact, LPMC students will be among the first to perform in this space. In November, a group of students and their families will be traveling to Vienna for the grand opening and dedication of the new museum. The students will perform at the dedication ceremony, for the American ambassador to Austria, and for Viennese school children to demonstrate the international values of hard-work, dedication, and passion.
The Lincoln Park Music Center Foundation was essential to making these plans a reality. Indeed, the Board was discussing funding the project when it was approached by the American Friends of the Vienna Museum, a Chicago-based organization directed by a family that used to study with Ms. Kim. The AFVM, devoted to furthering the cultural bond between Chicago and Vienna, understood something essential: the LMPC Foundation would be a perfect match to this project. Beethoven’s letter represents some of the traits Ms. Kim instills in her students: perseverance, love, hope, and passion. This partnership will allow those from around the globe to learn more about this time in the famed composer's life and allow the music Beethoven inspired to ring through the rooms in which he despaired. And to honor the children of the world, the Lincoln Park Music Center Foundation of Chicago wishes to share the LOVE, PASSION, INSPIRATION & BEAUTY of Beethoven's music through the gift for this concert hall.
The People's Music School:
the Piano Lab at The People's Music School
The People's Music School provides free high quality music education to children in need in Chicago. Similar to LPMC, The People's Music School believes that through intensive instruction and performance, students can achieve excellence in music that transfers to other areas in life. LPMC students also provided tutoring this summer and performed together with The People's Music School students. Our collaborations allow both organization to focus on their shared mission to build a foundation of responsibility, self-esteem, resilience and purpose. Visit their website here.
The Lincoln Park Music Center Foundation made our first gift for the People’s Music School: a new piano lab! One prominent aspect in the curriculum at The People’s Music School includes group music lessons for the young musicians. More than a dozen group lessons occur Monday-Friday for every instrument, including piano. The previous lab at People’s Music School had not been updated in more than 25 years and desperately needed repairs. Now, the piano lab is equipped with state of the art technology, including an instructing keyboard that projects the teacher’s playing, streamlining learning for the students. We are incredibly proud to solidify our partnership with the People’s Music School and are touched by the love, support and dedication from our young musicians!
The Inter American Magnet School:
In 2017, we raised 28,000 dollars for The Inter American Magnet School in Lakeview for a new piano lab. This lab includes 32 brand new keyboards for the students to learn and practice on.
Currently, we are focused on supporting non-profit or 501(c)3 organizations that provide musical education opportunities for children living and learning in areas of Chicago with limited access to music programs during their regular school day. At present, we are not accepting grant applications. However, we may accept them in the future.