February 9, 2022

Egyptian Theatre donates $3.9K to local music programs

The Egyptian Theatre hosted their fifth annual Jazz at the Egyptian event on Friday, February 4th, featuring performances by the DeKalb and Sycamore high school jazz ensembles, the Northern Illinois University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz in Progress.

Thanks to ticket sales as well as a grant from the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) program through the DeKalb County Community Foundation, the Egyptian Theatre was able to donate $1,300 a piece to the music programs at DeKalb High School, Sycamore High School and the Northern Illinois University Jazz Orchestra. Non-profit organization, Jazz in Progress, also donated $1000 to both the Sycamore and DeKalb High School music programs.  This year’s donations bring the five year total to over $13,000 in support of these local music programs! 

“We were so excited to bring Jazz at the Egyptian back to our stage this year” Alex Nerad, Executive Director at the Egyptian Theatre stated. “The pandemic has greatly highlighted the continued need to support the arts and as a non-profit organization, it is core to our mission to not only inspire our youth, but fiscally support these young artists as well.”

The Egyptian Theatre located at 135 N. 2nd Street in Downtown DeKalb, IL is owned and operated by Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Annual support provided by First National Bank, Northwestern Medicine, Shaw Media, and Tapa La Luna.