Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines. Our pioneering approach combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for our grantees.
The Foundation’s grantmaking activity is focused on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made for scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists.
In the cutthroat art world, subsistence generated by one’s work is often the ultimate goal of the young artist. Of course, that entry into a broader, financially supportive sphere can be a tough slog—generating an audience is one thing, generating revenue entirely another. And yet artists somewhat consistently overlook the possibility of endowment to further their work, considering the marketplace the real socially valid point of entry into financial equilibrium. Grants and fellowships are both viable and variable.
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The MAP Fund was launched in 1989 by The Rockefeller Foundation to support innovation and cross-cultural exploration in new works of live performance. The program exemplified its founders' efforts to "address issues of cultural difference in the United States and internationally, with an emphasis on Third World cultures," according to MAP's original guidelines.
"In her will, Doris Duke expressed her interest in assisting “actors, dancers, singers, musicians and other artists of the entertainment world in fulfilling their ambitions and providing opportunities for the public presentation of their arts and talents.” Given this guidance and Doris Duke’s interests during her life, the foundation focuses its support on contemporary dance, jazz and theatre artists, and the organizations that nurture, present and produce them."
Funds performing artists.
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation grants program aspires to a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable world through the power of creative problem solving.
Key areas of focus: art + education, art + environment, artist as activist, artistic innovation and collaboration.
The Surdna Foundation's Thriving Cultures program is based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents. We know that artists and cultural organizations can help us explore shared values and spark innovation, imagination and advancement for our communities.
A special focus on artists and economic development and artists and social change.
The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) was founded by several of the partners who founded and produce Burning Man, an annual arts festival in the Nevada desert. The Burning Man event, like no other environment in the world, has created a unique venue for art, and has rekindled one of art’s most valuable functions: connecting community members in creation, curiosity, and wonderment. At Burning Man, we observe how art brings people together, inspires participation and engenders meaningful connections between individuals.
"The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy." The foundation seems to fund artists from a variety of disciplines!