Foundations that fund Early Music

    This is by no means a complete listing of foundations that fund early music in the U.S. It is simply a list of foundations that EMA itself has appealed to or received funding from over the years. EMA has been located in three areas: New York City, Cleveland, and Seattle, so the foundations from those areas are more numerous in this list. It is important to remember that most foundations fund LOCALLY, in fairly restricted geographic areas. Your best source of funding is likely to come from foundations located in your city or region. Many libraries have resources about grant research and writing. A good source of information about grants in general is the Foundation Center.

    Other excellent sources of funding are your local and state government arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts. This foundation list does not include government agencies.


    Paul G. Allen Family Foundation 505 5th Ave. S. #900, Seattle, WA 98104 206-342-2085  Senior Director Sue Coliton. Principals: Paul Allen and Jo Allen Patton. Fund arts and culture organizations that serve the Pacific Northwest.

    AT&T Foundation 32 Ave. of the Americas, 6 th Floor, New York, NY 10013 212-387-4882 “Unsolicited applications are rarely supported.” Will support national service organizations, but prefer projects that involve contemporary art or new works; diversity; and technology/arts.

    Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts 501 5 th Ave. #1401, New York, NY 10017 Exec. Dir. J. Andrew Lark. Small grants to support opera and other musical endeavors.

    Mary Duke Biddle Foundation 1044 W. Forest Hills Blvd., Durham, NC 27707 919-493-5591 Exec. Dir. Douglas Zinn. James Semans, M.D., Chair. Most grants are to Duke University, or in North Carolina or New York.

    Boeing Company PO Box 34345, Seattle, WA 98124 206-655-2133 (Company-sponsored; no board or staff listed.) Fund arts organizations that serve the Puget Sound region.

    Carol Franc Buck Foundation PO Drawer 6085, Incline Village, NV 89450 775-831-6366 Marya Beam, administrator. Primarily funds performances, especially opera, in Western States.

    Robert Sterling Clark Foundation 135 E. 64 th St., New York, NY 10021 212-288-8900 Margaret Ayers, Exec. Dir. Virtually all grants are in NY.

    Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 650 5 th Ave., 19 th Floor, New York, NY 10019 212-974-7000 “The foundation works through Service Organizations in order to directly support individual artists and artists’ companies.” Currently funding CMA (jazz); did fund APAP (Arts Partners program).

    Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation 111 Pine St. #1515, San Francisco, CA 94111 415-391-0911 Thomas Layton, President. Funds arts in the Bay Area (primarily commissioning of new works).

    Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation 1 Embarcadero Ctr. #1050 San Francisco, CA 94111 One cannot apply for grants, one simply gets “on a list” and receives a small amount each year.

    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 2121 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94025 650-234-4500 Moy Eng, Program Director for music. Fund primarily organizations that benefit Bay Area/California. They do fund some national service organizations for projects that occur in the Bay Area.

    James Irvine Foundation Steuart Tower, #2500, San Francisco, CA 94105 415-777-2244 (also maintains Los Angeles office). Kelly Martin, Grants Mgr. Funds mainly California projects. Stress new works and multi-culturalism.

    Kulas Foundation Terminal Tower, #924, Cleveland, OH 44113 216-623-4770 Allan Zambie, VP. Funds music in Cleveland area.

    Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 140 E. 62 nd St., New York, NY 10021 212-838-8400 Catherine Maciariello, program officer for music. Made a $600,000 grant to 14 period instrument orchestras in 1989-1990. Grants were expanded from period orchestras to chamber orchestras from 1991-96. Current Mellon funding is for symphony orchestras only (since 1999). “Application by invitation only.”

    John P. Murphy Foundation 50 Public Square #924, Cleveland, OH 44113 216-623-4770 Allan Zambie, VP. Fund arts in Cleveland area.

    E. Nakamichi Foundation 446 S. Anaheim Hills Rd #221, Anaheim, CA 92807 714-771-9677 Yas Yamazaki, President. Mission is to fund Baroque “and other classical” music performances.

    William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation 30195 Chagrin Blvd #250, Cleveland, OH 44124 216-831-9667 Catherine O’Brien, Dir. Fund arts in Cleveland area.

    Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation Park W. Finance Sta., New York, NY 10025 212-932-0408 Fred Bay, chair. Did fund pre-collegiate arts in education programs; their guidelines got much more specific, and they now fund primarily molecular biology.

    Pew Charitable Trusts 2005 Market St. #1700, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-575-9050 Marian Godfrey, director of cultural programs. Fund arts projects primarily in Philadelphia, but have occasionally funded national cultural projects.

    Presser Foundation 385 Lancaster Ave. #205, Haverford, PA 19041 610-658-9030 Primarily fund scholarships in music ed.

    L.J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation 1221 Broadway, 21 st Floor, Oakland, CA 94612 510-451-3300 Major music interest is opera; some “discretionary grants” available from board.

    Wallace Foundation (aka Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds) 2 Park Ave., 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10016 212-251-9700 Michael Moore, director of arts programs. Funded “Arts Partners” program with APAP for several years to help arts organizations diversify their audiences. Program has now ended. Now fund “LEAP” (Leadership and Excellence in Arts Participation) to build and diversify arts audiences.

    Helen F. Whitaker Fund 4718 Old Gettysburg Rd. #209, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 717-763-1600 Miles Gibbons, Exec. Dir. Spending itself down to terminate in 2006. Focused on national service organizations for music and professional development for artists.


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