OVERVIEW: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation makes grants in five program areas, one of which is "arts and cultural heritage." It funds efforts in performance, art history, and conservation. It also especially supports increased public access to the arts, research, and collaborative efforts.
IP TAKE: Mellon makes grants ranging from several thousand dollars to several million, and supports organizations of all sizes (but not individuals). The thing to know is that it doesn't accept unsolicited proposals, so if you are interested, you have to submit an inquiry email.
PROFILE: According to its website, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation "endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies." Dance falls under its Arts and Cultural Heritage program.
Mellon's overall preference regarding the type and size of grantmaking is varied. It has given grants in the past to dance companies and dance programs at large universities such the Brooklyn Academy of Music which received $1 million for its Bam Opera Program and Pick Up Performance Company, Inc. which received $435,000 to support the preservation of its audio-visual and related dance materials. Grants have also been made to smaller theater companies as well. To see the full grants database, click here. It does not offer grants directy to individuals, but does distribute funds to service organizations that then re-grant them.
If you are interested in applying for a Mellon grant, you must first send an inquiry email.
- Mariet Westermann, Executive Vice President of Programs and Research
- Ella Baff, Senior Program Officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage
- Susan Feder, Program Officer of Performing Arts