Tell the story of how your business was founded.
“In 1998, acclaimed musician, conductor, and music educator Stephen Burns was invited by Performing Arts Chicago to create a series of innovative new music programs. From that auspicious beginning, Fulcrum Point was created, and it has grown into a critically acclaimed ensemble performing contemporary classical music in a variety of venues in the Chicago area. Now in its 18th year, Fulcrum Point has presented performances with settings as diverse as the Field Museum, Old St. Pat’s, the National Museum of Mexican Art, Ravinia Festival, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, where the ensemble is a resident company.”
How is your business innovating and providing something new?
“As its title suggests, the whole genre of new music is meant to innovate and create something unique. New music is an extension of the classical music tradition, and it represents the cutting and creative edge of classical music. In addition, new music can incorporate elements of many different musical genres, including classical, jazz, rock, world music and others.”
What does the future look like for your company?
“Our future will involve deepening the relationship between tech and music as well as promoting diversity in the musical canon. In partnership with MashPlant, we’ve just launched a web-based social sharing platform, allowing CPS students to develop creative writing skills, art, and new music with their peers. We’re also planning an Impact Investing Fund for Minorities and Female Composers. With this fund, FPNMP will commission new works from these underrepresented groups, addressing the diversity disparity in the classical repertoire. These are just a couple of the projects that are already in the works!”
When did you first feel successful?
“We’ve felt successful at several points in our history, but a highlight was certainly in 2004 when we commissioned our first independent season. That’s when it all felt real.”
What has been the key to your company’s success?
“Building relationships with our patrons and Chicago’s rich community of composers and musicians. We would be nothing without the artists we celebrate and the loyal music lovers that keep coming back for more.”