Music Theater Works Receives Bayless Foundation Grant

Music Theater Works, (MTW) launching its 43rd season with the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, March 9 – April 2, has been awarded a Signal Grant by the Bayless Family Foundation for MTW’s efforts to update shows with outdated or actively offensive content. This grant was announced with three Stepping Stone grants, named for theater companies poised to take their next big step, being given to Filament Theatre, Shattered Globe Theatre and Theater Wit. 

The Signal grants are intended to draw focus to a company the Bayless Family Foundation believes in, and to inspire other donors to give generously to the company. This grant is part of the Bayless Family Foundation’s new contribution of nearly $500,0000 in grant awards to a handful of Chicago theaters companies that were announced last week.

“On behalf of all of us at Music Theater Works, I would like to thank the Bayless Family Foundation for the Signal grant,” said producing artistic director Kyle A. Dougan. “Congratulations to the other organizations and we are honored to be among these grantees. Music Theater Works is proud of our past and is dedicated to continue this into the future. This Single grant makes that possible.” 

“These organizations are all super vital for their community, their audience and the greater Chicago theater community. We selected these organization’s proposals for their strategic visions to support Chicago art makers, their utilization of the organizations’ resources and strengths and how well we believe they will fortify the institutions for the future. We are beyond proud to partner with them,” said the foundation’s director, Kevin Sullivan.

Formed in 2017 by Rick Bayless and his wife Deann, the Bayless Family Foundation supports established Chicago theater organizations with a vision for institutional and artistic growth. Since its inception, it has supported local theaters with about $2 million in overall support.

Music Theater Works is a resident professional not-for-profit music theater founded in

1980. During its 43-year history, it has presented more than 150 productions and intimate presentations. Music Theater Works promotes a mission is to present works for the musical stage including historic repertoire, revitalizing the Golden Age of Broadway and earlier works, celebrating the Great American Songbook and introducing modern classics.

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