Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: The Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust primarily funds the arts, particularly music and the opera, health, and human services.

IP TAKE: The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

PROFILE: The Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust was established in 2005. It was founded by media mogul turned politician Robert Turner, who co-founded syndicator Orbis Communications and was president of Multimedia Entertainment, a division of media conglomerate Multimedia, Inc. Turner is behind such shows as The Jerry Springer Show and Baywatch. The foundation does not maintain a website, which restricts further information on its priority areas and grantmaking strategies. According to tax filings, the Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust primarily funds grantmaking related to the arts, particularly music and the opera, health, and human services.

Turner has supported amfAR and his adopted son was born to HIV positive parents. He's been involved on the board of at least one adoption outfit through the years. He's also given individual donations to National Sawdust in Brooklyn, "a place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike." Overall, this funder's arts philanthropy appears particularly interested in music.

Grants range from $500 to approximately $1.2 million. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $2.4 million. Past grantees have included The Met, the recipient of seven figure sums annually of late; Gotham Chamber Opera; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Santa Fe Opera; Houston Grand Opera; New York Botanical Garden; High Line Council; and Carnegie Hall Society.

The Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust keeps a low-profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals. 

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CONTACT:

Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust
31 East 72nd Street, No 8A/8B
New York, NY 10021