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by Hank Willow.  [January 31, 2004]




[]  Struggling musicians -- especially conservative artists! -- have a financial patron in the Charles Schwartz Foundation for Music.

Speaking exclusively to the Hollywood Investigator, CSFM executive director Don Schwartz describes his organization as "a private family-run foundation, funded by the estate of Charles Schwartz. I have no clue what his (Charles's) politics were, [but] I'm a conservative artist and naturally would look favorably at art that expressed a conservative point of view."

"We give contributions in the $100 to $5000 range. I would be happy to talk to artists who wish to express conservative non-religious ideals."

This does not mean Schwartz is seeking music that is exclusively or explicitly conservative. "The foundation has not funded anything based on a political agenda," he says. "However, we have declined to fund some projects which we felt had a Left tilt.

"Each project is unique and need only appeal to the board of directors, which consists of my wife and I, and two relatives. 

"We fund mostly, but not exclusively, music-related venues. We give to two theater companies which work with poor children, and fund scholarships. We helped fund a concert in Israel and classical music lessons to children in Southern Africa. We sponsor a music award by Film Feast New Haven, and Shakespeare in the park in New Haven. We contributed to the soundtrack of an independent film."

Don Schwartz describes Charles Schwartz as "a jazz composer with several albums [who] also wrote books on the lives of Cole Porter and Gershwin (a biography and a bibliography & discography).

Of his current family's artistic interests, Don Schwartz says: "I am an amateur sculpture and my son is a glass-blower. My wife and I are active in several art organizations."

Musicians seeking funding may contact Don Schwartz at:


Hank Willow is a Los Angeles based tabloid reporter who investigates Hollywood scams and Tinseltown's occult underbelly. Read about his adventures in tabloid journalism in Hollywood Witches.
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