Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: Not to be confused with the Getty Foundation established by their father, J. Paul Getty, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation primarily gives support to symphonies, opera companies, and educational institutions. Most of their giving is based in California, but not all of it.

IP TAKE: This is another foundation that doesn't disclose anything about their grantmaking process and has no web presence. Getting their attention will be tougher than usual.

PROFILE: Based in San Francisco, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation is one of the top ten foundations that award arts grants in California. Though they don't exclusively restrict their giving to California, they do have a high preference for organizations based in the state, distributing most of their funding there.

The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation gives out over $6 million each year to hundreds of music organizations throughout the country, including some recent grants to Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Arlington, VA ($7,500), the Portland Youth Philharmonic Association in Portland, OR ($4,000), and the Ravina Festival Association in Highland Park, IL ($10,000).

While most of the foundation's giving centers around California-based operations (many with an educational element), they definitely distribute their support beyond state lines. Most of their grants range from $2,000 to $50,000. The foundation has been known to issue grants in much higher amounts, but it doesn't happen very often.

Much of the foundation's funding is done through re-granting programs with partnership organizations like the League of American Orchestras, which currently administers a program that supports community involvement through local orchestras. Since there isn't a whole lot of information out there about how the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation does their grantmaking, we suggest starting with organizations like the League of American Orchestras when trying to gain access to their music funds.

The Foundation doesn't maintain a website and doesn't issue any calls for direct proposals. We'll be investigating further and will update this profile as information becomes available.


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