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IRVING S GILMORE INTERNATIONAL KEYBOARD FESTIVAL

aka The Gilmore   |   Kalamazoo, MI   |  www.thegilmore.org

Mission

The mission of The Gilmore is to nurture and celebrate a passion for piano music. We do this by: Identifying exceptional pianists through a non-competitive process and then providing significant support to enhance their careers; Presenting world-class music festivals featuring the finest international pianists; Providing an outstanding keyboard educational program; and Supporting the creation of piano music.

Ruling year info

1989

Director

Dr. Pierre Van der Westhuizen

Main address

359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 101

Kalamazoo, MI 49007 USA

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EIN

38-2868071

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

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Gilmore Awards

Established in 1989 to honor the legacy of Irving S. Gilmore, the Gilmore Artist Award recognizes extraordinary piano artistry with some of the most generous financial support given in the musical arts. The $300,000 award is conferred every four years to a classical pianist of any age and nationality following a rigorous and confidential selection process. The next Gilmore Artist Award is scheduled to be announced in 2024.

Sometimes referred to as music’s answer to the MacArthur Foundation “genius grants,” the Gilmore Artist Award is made through a non-competitive process. Pianists are recommended by a Classical Awards Nominating Committee, comprising a large and diverse group of international classical music professionals. An anonymous, six-member Classical Awards Advisory Committee then appraises the nominees over a period of time and assesses their musicianship and performing abilities through numerous performances under varying conditions. Throughout the process, candidates are un

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Young adults

Hailed as “the largest gathering of piano talent in the Western Hemisphere” (NPR), The Gilmore International Piano Festival has featured stars who range from classical artists like Van Cliburn, Krystian Zimerman, and Mitsuko Uchida, to jazz and pop artists like Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, John Legend, and Brad Mehldau. Takes place biennially, bringing world-class pianists from across the globe in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and venues around West Michigan. The Gilmore celebrates the piano in all its variety and depth: including jazz, classical, pop, folk, swing, blues, gospel and everything in between. Piano is featured as solo instrument, with orchestras, in trios and duos, in bands and ensembles, and even in digitized form. Additionally, the festival presents pre-concert talks, films, a theater performance, and lectures.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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Financials

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IRVING S GILMORE INTERNATIONAL KEYBOARD FESTIVAL

Board of directors
as of 07/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Oliver Howell

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/6/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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