Arnhold Foundation: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: The Arnhold Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Henry Arnhold. The foundation's dance grantmaking supports a range of dance outfits including ballet and modern dance. Funds have also gone to dance companies representing underrepresented populations, as well as towards dance education and advocacy. 

IP TAKE: The Arnhold Foundation funds a range of dance outfits, but what the foundation is exactly looking for is unclear because Arnhold doesn't have much of a web presence or a clear way to get in touch.

PROFILE:  Henry H. Arnhold was born in Dresden in 1921 and comes from the Dresden banking family of Arnhold. In the United States, Arnhold studied at UCLA, had a stint in the U.S. Army, and joined his family's investment bank Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, where he served as chairman starting in 1960. Arnhold moves his philanthropy through the Arnhold Foundation, which held some $353 million in assets in a recent year and gave away around $15 million.

The foundation's grantmaking involves a number of performing arts outfits, mainly in New York City but also beyond. Dance has been especially well-represented in past years and the forces here are likely in part are driven by Arnhold's daughter-in-law Jody Gottfried Arnhold, who is a dance educator and arts advocate. Jody serves as honorary chair of Ballet Hispanico, which "explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino culture." The ballet has received some $2.5 million in the two recent tax years .

Past funds have also gone to American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, which received a $5,000 grant. The outfit describes itself as a "repertory company for musical-theater dance." That same year, a large $120,000 grant went to New York City Center, which is home to many distinguished companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Other past grantees include Ballet Theatre Foundation, Dances by Isadora, Dance Theater of Harlem, Erika Thimey Dance & Theater Company, and Danspace Project, "founded in 1974 to provide a performance venue for contemporary dance." Funds have also gone to The Kitchen, an "experimental performance space located in New York City and presenting video, music, dance, performance, film and literature events," and Dance for a Variable Population, which focuses on older adults.

Arnhold's grantmaking has also involved dance education and dance advocacy. For instance, funds have gone to Career Transition for Dancers, which is "dedicated to helping dancers establish new careers when they have retired from their performing careers," Dance/NYC, which "promotes the knowledge, appreciation, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area," Dancing Classrooms, which aims to "cultivate essential life skills in children through the art of social dance," and Eye on Dance, whose goal is to "advance the public's access to knowledge about the arts and culture." Funds have also gone to Dance Notation Bureau, "a nonprofit organization founded to preserve choreographic works through notating dance scores in Labanotation and collaborating with dance companies to stage reconstructions of those works."

It's also worth noting that on the higher education level, funds have gone to Juilliard School and to Hunter College, which is home to the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program. There's also the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y which Jody founded.

It's apparent that Arnhold is committed to dance. Unfortunately for grantseekers, though, the foundation flies well under the radar and so a clear description of what exactly Arnhold is looking for, or how to get in touch, is hard to come by. Grants made by the foundation in 2014 were between $1000 and $500,000, with most grants to dance organizations at the lower end of the spectrum. Many, but by no means all, of these organizations are in New York. The foundation does not appear to give grants to individuals.


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The Arnhold Foundation does not have much of a web presence or a clear avenue for getting in touch but below is a mailing address:

Arnhold Foundation, Inc.

15 Maiden Ln., Ste. 500

New York, NY 10038

Telephone: (212) 269-8628