Performing Arts

Unrestricted Support for Artists


To strengthen a fair and sustainable system of unrestricted support to individual artists across the country. 


  • Doris Duke Artist Awards – Awards flexible and unrestricted multi-year support to exemplary individual artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theater and related interdisciplinary fields to empower them to take creative risks and pay for important needs not typically funded by project-related grants. 
  • DDCF-funded United States Artists Fellowships – Provides unrestricted funding awards to individual artists in jazz, dance and theater through the selection process of United States Artists.
  • DDCF-funded Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists – Provides unrestricted funding and artist services to individual artists who use dance as a vehicle for social change through an application process of Dance/USA.