In early 2012, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation partnered with Creative Capital to launch and oversee the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award Program. In the intervening time, they've distributed $1.2 million to 21 different artists. They recently took a moment to look back and reflect on this exciting new program. So what have they learned?
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation just handed out a whopping $5.2 million to the New England Foundation for the Arts in support of their National Dance Project, a program that is meant to encourage the creation and touring of new dance work and choreography to share with and expand audiences in communities throughout the U.S. So what's behind this massive gift?
A few years ago, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) awarded Dance/USA a $1.5 million grant to research how dance companies and organizations can build, retain, and engage their audiences. Along with some help from the James Irvine Foundation, Dance/USA began its study into what moves people to attend performances and what dance organizations can do to increase attendance and not only keep people in their seats, but coming back for more.