Performing Arts

Grant-making Process

In creating its grant-making initiatives, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) identifies needs and opportunities in the fields it supports through conducting research and funding national meetings where artists and managers are engaged to identify their fields' most pressing concerns. By utilizing field expertise in its program designs, DDCF is able to maintain a small staff while maximizing the reach of its grant dollars. Accordingly, the Arts Program administers relatively few programs itself but more often awards large initiative grants to intermediary nonprofit organizations, which in turn distribute grants to individual artists and arts organizations through competitive, peer-reviewed selection processes.

To learn more about funding opportunities, please see details listed under the Arts Program’s Initiatives and Funding Opportunities pages.

Grantseekers interested in applying for funding through intermediary-administered programs should apply directly to the intermediary through their appropriate guidelines and not directly to DDCF.

Although unsolicited proposals are not being considered at this time, inquiries about future support for projects that fall within the Arts Program’s funding priorities can be submitted through a letter of inquiry.

Areas Not Funded

In general, the Arts Program does not fund visual arts, museums or galleries; film or media projects; literary arts; symphonies, opera companies, classical chamber music or musical forms beyond jazz; classical ballet companies; avocational arts activities; arts programs for rehabilitative or therapeutic purposes; arts education programs; training and conservatory programs; capital projects; research or publications.