Calling All Bay Area Choreographers: Hewlett and Gerbode Have $50,000 for You

Since 2000, Hewlett has teamed up with another major Bay Area arts funder, the Gerbode Foundation, to support the local dance community. Six choreography grants of $50,000 each are now up for grabs. Although the foundations will consider proposed commissions in all forms of dance, certain types of dance programs usually emerge as the big winners.
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Meet the Four African American Female Artists Who Got $50,000 from the Joyce Foundation

Joyce Awards are given artists who can balance history with fresh ideas, relevance with emotion, and imagination with diversity. To be considered for the $50,000 prizes, artists must collaborate with relevant nonprofit institutions to bring diverse audiences together and strengthen cultural understanding.
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Luna Negra Dance Theater Shuts Its Doors Despite Joyce Foundation Donation

Chicago contemporary dance company Luna Negra Dance Thater is closing its doors due to persistent financial woes, despite a recent gift of $100,000 from the Joyce Foundation. The dance troupe is the only contemporary dance company solely devoted to the works of Latino choreographers in the country.

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Diversity in Chicago Dance, Thanks to Joyce Foundation

Being a dancer isn't exactly the highest paying position in the world, but philanthropic grants are helping performance professionals get paid for their talents. The Joyce Foundation recently gave $100,000 to the Luna Negra Dance Theater. This grant money went towards creating a full-time artistic support position and expanding the role of the production manager into a full-time salaried position. By securing administrative leadership positions, the dance theater can keep filling the calendar with more amazing performances.

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Applause, Please: Doris Duke Builds an Audience for Dance

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.  

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Harvesting Artists: The Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards

Once the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced its plan to award $50 million in grants over 10 years to individual artists as part of The Duke Performing Artist Awards program, many artists are wondering how they can receive the benefit of the late Ms. Duke's bequest.

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