The Doris Duke Artist Awards invest in exemplary individual artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theater and related interdisciplinary work who have demonstrated their artistic vitality and commitment to their field. The award is not a lifetime achievement award. Instead, it is a deep investment in the potential of dedicated performing artists, empowering them through the freedom of unrestricted support to take creative risks, explore new ideas, and pay for important professional and personal needs not typically funded by project-related grants. Each Doris Duke Artist receives an award of $275,000. A total of $250,000 of the prize is completely unrestricted, and $25,000 is dedicated to encouraging retirement savings.
While the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation initially conceived the Doris Duke Artists Awards as part of a larger $50 million special initiative that finished in 2017, recognition of the program’s importance in helping artists thrive spurred the foundation to cement a place for the flexible awards in its core strategy to support the performing arts. With the 2021 class, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation will have awarded nearly $35.4 million to 129 noteworthy artists through the Doris Duke Artist Awards since May 2012. Read the announcement of the 2021 Doris Duke Artist Awards here.