Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW:  The iconic Andrew W. Mellon Foundation makes grants in five program areas, including “arts and cultural heritage." It funds efforts in performance, art history, and conservation. It also supports increased public access to the arts, research, and collaborative efforts.

IP TAKE:  Mellon supports organizations of all sizes (but not individuals). It does not accept unsolicited proposals, but applicants may send an inquiry email.

PROFILE: Founded in 1969, The Mellon Foundation was created by the children of Andrew W. Mellon to honor their father, the banker, industrialist, politician, and philanthropist. The foundation seeks 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” and supports “exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.”

Mellon conducts most of its dance grantmaking through its Arts and Cultural Heritage program. Its overall grant strategies towards dance are varied. Past dance companies and programs include 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. However, past dance grants have supported smaller theater companies as well. To see the full grants database, click here. It does not offer grants directly to individuals, but it does distribute funds to service organizations that then re-grant them.

Grant seekers interested in applying for a Mellon grant must first send an inquiry email.

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