Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts
The Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts grants (formerly called Doris Duke Artist Residency grants) support organizations and artists in joint efforts to develop audience demand for jazz, theatre and/or contemporary dance. While many programs focus on the “supply” side of the “supply/demand” equation, this program is predicated on the belief that artists and organizations can work together in imaginative ways to create and pilot methods of reaching the public and developing interest in and access to the performing arts. This program encourages creative thinking about how to increase this demand and to engage communities in new ways—which may include but are not necessarily limited to the traditional artist-audience dynamic.
These grants also promote deeper partnerships, longer relationships, and new kinds of conversation and cooperation between organizations and artists. At the same time, they provide substantial resources to artists and afford organizations the opportunity to embark on new kinds of behavior.
Building Demand for the Arts grants will support at least 50 partnerships beteween artists and dance companies, theaters, presenting organizations and/or select service organizations. Grants were awarded to the first 10 partnerships in 2013 under the program's previous name, Doris Duke Artist Residencies to Build Demand for the Arts.
All organizations wishing to apply must submit an Intent to Apply Form. Only those applicants who submit an Intent to Apply Form will be able to submit a full proposal.
The deadline to submit the Intent to Apply form has passed for 2013. Please return to this page in early 2014 for current information and deadlines.
Qualifications & Timing
Grants will support attempts by exemplary artists and organizations to increase demand for jazz, theatre and contemporary dance. Artists and organizations must have a prior history of working together and will mutually conceive the proposals.
In a change from the first round, the program has now been divided into two distinct grant initiatives: Exploration grants, supporting hosted visits for artists of at least 30 days over a period of up to 15 months during which artists and organizations are to begin to imagine and plan ways to build demand; and Implementation grants, supporting artists hosted by organizations for at least 90 days over a period of up to three years.
In 2014, only Exploration grants will be offered. A total of 40 Implementation grants will be awarded in 2016 and 2018.
Not all Exploration grantees will be awarded Implementation grants; additionally, receipt of an Exploration grant will not be a prerequisite for applying for an Implementation grant.
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