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  • Facing the Music: Donations Feed Most Music Organizations in Chicago
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    Story and photos by Ann Meyer The tip jar most street musicians plant with a few bucks to encourage donations is a fact of life for even the best musical performers in Chicago. Chicago can boast one of the world’s best orchestras and a summer fest that draws 100,000 music lovers, but hitting it big as a musician in the city of broad shoulders is a rarity. Donations largely fund the music scene here. Without generous gifts, institutions like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera and Chicago Philharmonic might close their doors. But only a few performers are paid salaries, and average [...]
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