Performing Arts

Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative

Overview

The Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative was a $50 million special initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), above and beyond DDCF’s ongoing commitment to jazz, theater, contemporary dance and related interdisciplinary work. The three-part Performing Artists Initiative provided awards to more than 200 artists, as well as a range of dance companies, theaters and presenters. 

Awards in two of the three sub-initiatives were given directly to artists and were not project based. Instead, artists were given flexible and unrestricted multi-year support, enabling them to take creative risks, explore new ideas and pay for important needs such as healthcare. The awards also offered grantees additional support for audience development and arts education. 

The third sub-initiative supports artist residencies designed to increase demand for jazz, theater, contemporary dance and related interdisciplinary work at nonprofit arts organizations.

The Performing Artists Initiative in sum represented a landmark commitment on the part of DDCF to recognize the potential of individual artists and ensure their future viability, in the core fields of the performing arts supported by Doris Duke during her lifetime: jazz, contemporary dance, theater and related interdisciplinary work.

Award Categories

Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards

Doris Duke Artists
Doris Duke Impact Awards

Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts

Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts 

Evolution of the Doris Duke Impact Awards

Letter from the President of DDCF to Artists and Colleagues