Shubert Foundation Distribute Record $22.5 Million in 2014 Grants
The Shubert Foundation awarded a record total of $22.5 million to 470 not-for-profit performing arts organizations across the United States. The 2014 grants mark the 32nd year in a row that the Foundation's giving has increased.
The Shubert Foundation is the nation's largest private foundation dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theatres, dance companies, professional theatre training programs and related service agencies.
"All of us at The Shubert Foundation are passionate about our commitment to America's not-for-profit theatre and dance companies," stated Shubert Foundation President, Michael I. Sovern. "Our longstanding practice of providing help in the form of general operating support remains unchanged. We are convinced that talented artists and administrators are best able to decide how to use the funds we grant."
Ranging from $10,000 to $300,000, the grants benefit a broad spectrum of arts organizations, from large to small, covering a wide range of locations around the country, from urban to rural. The Shubert Foundation is especially interested in providing support to professional resident theatres that develop and produce new American work.
"The challenges facing not-for-profit arts organizations today are greater than ever," said Shubert Foundation Chairman, Philip J. Smith. "We want to help lift some of the financial burden so that the companies we support are able to focus on producing thought-provoking, relevant theatre for the widest possible audience."
This year, the Foundation is proud to announce the establishment of the Shubert Scholars Program. The Shubert grants to eight leading colleges and universities will enable the institutions to offer scholarship assistance to students in graduate degree programs in theatre arts. Preparing the next generation of theatre artists is a central goal of the Foundation.
The Shubert Foundation continues its commitment to the Shubert Archive. Created by the Foundation in 1976, the Archive contains more than a century's worth of production designs, scripts, sheet music, publicity materials, photographs, correspondence, business records and architectural plans. The collection has grown substantially over the years and continues to expand.
The Shubert Foundation, Inc., established in 1945 by Lee and J.J. Shubert in memory of their brother Sam, is the sole shareholder of The Shubert Organization, Inc. Since its founding in 1900, The Shubert Organization has produced or co-produced hundreds of plays and musicals, both in New York and in cities across the country. Currently, the company owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres, as well as theatres in Boston and Philadelphia.
The attached PDF file contains the complete list of 2014 Shubert Foundation Grants. Further information about The Shubert Foundation and its grants program is available at www.shubertfoundation.org