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||Queer songwriter donates $500K to Chicago Academy for the Arts
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Returning to the school that they said saved their life years ago and set them on a path to becoming one of the most celebrated activists and songwriters of the modern era, it was announced Feb. 10 that queer musician/songwriter/activist Justin Tranter (they/them/their) is donating more than half a million dollars to their alma mater, The Chicago Academy For The Arts, according to a media release.
The unprecedented contribution serves as the single largest donation in the school's historyand it could not have come at a better time. The school noted, "During a period of tremendous financial challenges where nearly two-thirds of the Academy's families require tuition assistance, Tranter's gift will make it possible for life-changing scholarships and tuition assistance to be awarded."
"Not only did this school make me the artist and songwriter I am today but it saved my life in more ways than I can count," said Tranter, the former Semi Precious Weapons lead singer who graduated from the academy's Musical Theatre Program in 1998. "Nothing makes me prouder than to be able to support a place that educates brilliant young creatives and more importantly, gives them a foundation of compassion, community and confidence."
Among other things, Tranter founded the school's Annual AIDS Benefita student-run variety show with proceeds donated to support AIDS research and families affected by the disease, which recently hosted its 26th annual event last fall. The benefit has raised tens of thousands of dollars for AIDS research, support, care and organizations.
As the executive music producer and songwriter for the Grease prequel series Rise of the Pink Ladies premiering on Paramount + this April, they wrote 30 songs for the first season of the seriesthe most ever for a single season of television.
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