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Eighth Blackbird gratefully acknowledges the following donors
for their support during the 2015/2016 season.


Bloomberg Philanthropies

Daniel Lewis

MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince


$10,000 – $24,999

Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.

National Endowment for the Arts


$5,000 – $9,999

Amphion Foundation, Inc.

Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation

City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Judy and Bob Duvall

Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation


$2,500 – $4,999

Tremaine Atkinson*

Kate Bensen and Dick Johnson*

CH Distillery

Neil and Stephanie Cohen*

Steve and Yayoi Everett*

Charlie Jett and Dr. Nancy Church*

Marley Blue Lewis and Yevgeny Vilensky

New Music USA



$1,000 – $2,499

Hester Diamond

Dan Epstein

Nancy Fishman

Loretta Julian

Yvonne Lam*

Sarah Solotaroff Mirkin*

Tom and Jane Morris

Peter Nicholson

Bruce Oltman

Kathleen Panoff

Jamie Rubin

Kathryn Stuart

Dennis and Anne Wentz



$500 – $999

BMI Foundation, Inc.

Liese Dallbauman

Sara Farr and Lin Brehmer

Kenneth and Lorraine Kaplan

Gary Wasserman

Maria Wynne**



$250 – $499

Betsy S. Aubrey and Steve Lichtenberg

Paul Delllevigne

Elaine Fishman

Helen Jameson

Lisa Kaplan*

Trinita Logue

Ed Malone and Kristina Entner

Nion McEvoy

Bonnie McGrath

Sandra McNaughton

Janine Mileaf

Elizabeth Price 


$100 – $249

Matthew Albert**

Kathy Ameche


Derek Bermel

Henry and Leigh Bienen

Seth Brodsky and Jude Stewart

Simon Chang

Maury Collins

Lawrence and Arlene Dunn**

Beye Fyfe and Daniel Clark

David Ginsburg

James Ginsburg and Patrice Michaels

Judie Moore Green

Stan Harrison

Jeff and Katie Haydon

Hans Jensen

Maggie Kast

Betty and John Kay

Denise McAvey

Peter McDowell

Dave Miller

Susan Noel

Lee and Sharon Oberlander

Jason Pickleman and Leslie Bodenstein

Christine Pope

Arnie Portner

Ellen Primack

Shulamit Ran

Jim Rosenfield

Christopher Sheahen**

Nell Stanton

Sara Stern and Ted Fishman

Richard Turner

Peter Vukosavich

Helene Zimmer-Loew


Up to $99

Andy Akiho


Peri Arnold

Michael Blossom

Elizabeth Buccheri

Scott Christian

Gavin Chuck

Matthew and Margret Duvall*

Scott Fehlan

Stuart Greene

Catherine Guillemin Lynch


James Karela

Laura Lynch

Michael Maccaferri*

Mary Mackay and Edward Wheatly

Ellen McDowell

Donald Nally

Dennis Alan Nawrocki

Clyde Owan

Rachel Perrine

Nicholas Photinos and Yasuko Oura* 

Alan Pierson**

Elbina Rafizadeh

Richard Replin and Elissa Stein

Julia Rhoads and Alex Brenneman

Dylan Rice

Susan Rossen

David Schober

Wojtek Trzepizur

Sandra Wilcoxon

Gretka Wolfe

Jaquelyn Zevin



Honor/Memorial Gifts

In Honor of Kate Bensen

John Bierbusse

In Honor of Lisa Kaplan

Brenda Fowler and Harry Gottlieb

Helen Jameson

In Honor of Sarah Mirkin

Pamela Crutchfield


* 8bb Board Member
** Blackbird Creative Lab Donor 

Eighth Blackbird recognizes the generous gifts
to the Blackbird Creative Lab.

The Lab’s mission is to inspire the next generation of performers and composers to share in the ensemble’s vision: to champion a distinctive, dynamic and engaging performance aesthetic.  This intensive, human-centered experience will immerse lab fellows in a learn-by-doing, exploratory process of creating new work. By discovering and developing an audacious curatorial vision, lab fellows will be launched on their paths as provocateurs and visionaries in the arts.

Become a supporter of the Blackbird Creative Lab!

Lead Donors

Daniel R. Lewis

Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation

Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting

Russ Irwin

Colburn Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation



Matthew Albert

Lawrence and Arlene Dunn

Helen Jameson

Marley Blue Lewis and Yevgeny Vilensky

Peter McDowell

Alan Pierson

Christopher Sheahen

Maria Wynne

We also gratefully acknowledge the following donors
for the support of Creative Partners.

Creative Partners is a collaborative effort to provide professional fundraising for three Chicago nonprofit arts organizations:
Eighth Blackbird, Lucky Plush Productions, and Blair Thomas & Co. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of donors to Creative Partners from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.

 $100,000 +

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


$25,000 – $99,000

Elizabeth Liebman 


$1,000 – $24,999

Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development


$100 – $999

Barbara Koenen


Up to $100

Matthew and Margaret Duvall


Every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of this list.
If you notice an error, please accept our apology and contact Anne Cauley at