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Performing Arts

What We Support

The Arts Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) supports the performing arts by providing grants to two complementary and interdependent elements of the field: performing artists and arts organizations.

Performing Artists

Performing Artists

The Arts Program supports projects and artists in dance, jazz and theater through national, competitive initiatives. Funding helps support creation, residencies, touring and grantee meetings. With the exception of the Theater Commissioning and Production Initiative and the Doris Duke Artist Awards, intermediary organizations distribute all DDCF funding through regranting programs, such as the DDCF-funded United States Artists Fellowships. The Doris Duke Artist Awards, which is administered by DDCF, provides unrestricted support to exemplary individual artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theater and related multi-disciplinary fields to empower them to take creative risks and pay for important needs not typically funded by project-related grants.

Arts Organizations

Arts Organizations

To contribute to building a strong national performing arts field, DDCF provides core support to select national arts organizations whose work is critical for the health of the contemporary dance, jazz and/or theater fields. Through its Leadership Grants for Performing Arts Organizations, DDCF also supports the self-defined, long-term goals of organizations that have demonstrated excellence in and sustained commitment to the fields of dance, jazz and theater. Finally, through competitive initiatives administered both by DDCF and intermediary organizations, the foundation offers grants to organizations pursuing bold, fresh approaches to build audiences and demand for the arts.

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.