Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial awards grants to music organizations across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder does not award many music related grants each year. It tends to funder more established, larger classical music organizations, such as symphonies and opera houses.

PROFILE: Catherine Hughes Waddell and Chauncey Waddell created the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation, but it was not until Catherine’s “untimely death in 1961” when Chauncey Waddell established the foundation in honor of Catherine’s father, who served as a former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The foundation’s grantmaking priorities include education, legal and human rights, environment, population and health, and arts and culture.

The foundation’s culture and music related investments support “programs dedicated to preserving and expanding what is unique and best in American arts and culture.”  The foundation’s understanding of culture includes music, and preserving historic buildings and landscapes. Past grantees include the Dallas Symphony Association, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Santa Fe Opera. Grants typically range from $2,000 to $50,000.

According to the foundation’s tax filings, it accepts unsolicited grant applications in the fall and spring of each year. Grantseekers should use the NY/NJ Common Application Form. Applicants must send their materials to Lauren Katzowitz Shenfield Philanthropy / P.O. Boz 20486 / New York, NY 10021. Grantseekers can also contact Shenfield Philanthropy at (212) 517-8108. While the Charles Evans Hughes Foundation appears to accept unsolicited grant applications, it does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. 


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