Performing Arts

Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards


The Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards (DDPAA) was a program undertaken by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), in partnership with Creative Capital, to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding as a response to financial and funding challenges both unique to the performing arts and to each grantee. Grants were not tied to any specific project but were intended as deepened investments in the artists' personal and professional development and future work.

DDPAA comprised two tiers of grants: The Doris Duke Artist Awards and the Doris Duke Impact Awards. Through the Awards, 101 Doris Duke Artists and 40 Doris Duke Impact Award grantees received expanded freedom to take creative risks, explore new ideas and pay for important professional and personal needs not typically funded by project-related grants.

DDPAA was part of the larger Doris Duke Performing Artist Initiative, which was announced in 2011 and represented a $50 million commitment by DDCF over and above its existing funding for the fields of jazz, contemporary dance, theater and related interdisciplinary work. The Initiative included both the awards program and an artist residency program. The first grants under the Initiative, given as Doris Duke Artist Awards, were announced in 2012, the centenary of the birth of Doris Duke. The final awards were awarded in 2016.