Performing Arts

Audience Engagement

Strategy

The Arts Program supports efforts that help performing arts organizations maintain and grow audiences through direct grants and through its funding of intermediary funding partners. DDCF directly administers the Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts program, described below. Intermediary organizations administer the latter two programs.

Administered by DDCF:

  • Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts
    *Applications by Invitation Only
    The Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts grants support organizations and artists in joint efforts to develop audience demand for jazz, theater and/or contemporary dance. This program is predicated on the belief that artists and organizations can work together in imaginative ways to increase this demand and to engage communities in new ways. These grants also promote deeper partnerships, longer relationships, and new kinds of conversation and cooperation between organizations and artists

Administered by Intermediary Organizations:

  • Association of Performing Arts Professionals' Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement:
    Focuses on building community and cross-cultural understanding between Muslim, non-Muslim, campus and off-campus communities through activities involving contemporary artists with roots in Muslim-majority regions. This program is co-funded by DDCF’s Arts Program and DDFIA’s Building Bridges Program. To receive funding for this program, individual arts organizations and artists must apply to APAP directly. 
  • Dance/USA's Engaging Dance Audiences Program:
    Supports projects exploring bold and innovative audience engagement practices for dance. To receive funding for this program, individual arts organizations and artists must apply to Dance/USA directly.
  • Theatre Communications Group's Audience R(E)volution:
    Offers TCG Member Theatres across the country to (Re)Model or (Re)Imagine successful audience engagement and/or community development models. To receive funding for this program, individual arts organizations and artists must apply to Theatre Communications Group directly.