Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation broadly supports both large and small music organizations across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking; however, its low public profile may make it difficult for grantseekers to contact foundation staff.

PROFILE: An investor and philanthropist throughout his lifetime, the late Horace Goldsmith established the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation in 1955. In 2006, the foundation divided its net assets, distributing 50 percent to the Vital Funds Project and the Charina Fund and retaining the remaining 50 percent. The Vital Funds Project and the Charina Fund continue to assume a portion of the Goldsmith Foundation’s grant obligations.

The Goldsmith Foundation employs a formal staff, but maintains a low public profile and does not operate a website. However, the foundation’s tax filings indicate an interest in supporting cultural programs, performing arts, theater, museums, healthcare organizations, higher education institutions, and Jewish causes.

Goldsmith grants can range anywhere from $5,000 to $1.5 million; however most awards fall in the $50,000 to $200,000 range. Past music grantees include the famed Carnegie Hall and the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications.


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Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation

375 Park Avenue, Suite 1602

New York, New York 10152

(212) 319-8700