The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation was established in 1965 upon the death of Max Dreyfus, a pre-eminent publisher of American music. If you don’t know his name, you likely know some of the composers he partnered with—Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Lerner and Loewe, for starters.
Given this rich history in American music, it’s no surprise that The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation supports community arts organizations and programs. But that's all the “why” you're going to get. In fact, this foundation does not declare a mission statement, nor any particular focus of its giving. In fact, it purposefully leaves the door wide open, stating that it “does not establish funding priorities on an annual basis, but rather supports worthwhile activities for which an organization has made a compelling case to receive funding.”
A key element of your “compelling case” is to firmly establish why support from The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation will make a big difference. The foundation views its grants as small ones (the typical range is $1,000 - $10,000) but it still wants to have a big impact on your ability to execute.
The foundation is also open-minded about how its funds could be used, and will provide general operating support and contribute to capital campaigns in addition to giving program support—to organizations anywhere in the U.S., so long as it's a 501(c)(3).
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation’s recent community arts grantees include:
- $20,000 to the Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC) for its Free For All program
- $9,200 to the Pilgrim Area Collaborative (Pembroke, MA) for its Senior Center Dance Program
- $6,000 to Augustana Arts (Denver, CO) for its City Strings program
- $5,000 to the Sitar Arts Center (Washington, DC) for general operating support
- $5,000 to Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC) for its Diveristy Project
- $5,000 to Studio Theatre (Washington, DC) for its Expanded Accessibility Initative
- $2,500 to the Northport Community Band (East Northport, NY) for its free summer concerts.
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation has an open application process with two deadlines, May and November.