Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW:  The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation's grantmaking includes funding New York City musical and performing arts institutions. 

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

PROFILE: Founded in 1988, the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation was established by real estate mogul Elihu Rose and his wife Susan, a pianist. Because the foundation keeps a low profile, further information regarding grantmaking priority areas and specifics are unavailable. The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation's grantmaking includes funding New York City musical and performing arts institutions. 

The Rose's tax filings suggest the foundation prioritizes the arts, specifically prominent musical and performing arts institutions in New York City.

Elihu Rose cochairs the board of Park Avenue Armory, and has sat on the boards of Lincoln Center Theater and National Museum of American History. Rose is also the former chairman of the board of International Center of Photography. Park Avenue Armory is the former home of the Seventh Regiment of the National Guard and currently hosts performances and installations. The Roses have given Park Avenue Armory millions through the years. Carnegie Hall, meanwhile, is the site of the Rose Museum which opened in 1991; the museum chronicles the history of Carnegie Hall.  The Jewish Museum has also received steady support and is the site of the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator. The couple have also given seven-figure sums to New York Philharmonic.

In a recent year, the foundation gave away around $5 million; many grants are small to medium-sized, but a handful are much larger. Other grantees have included Orchestra of St Luke’s, New York Festival of Song, New York City Opera, and Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. The Roses have also been steady patrons of Juilliard School, where Susan has supported the piano curator. 

The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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CONTACT:

Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation
200 Madison Ave., 5th Fl.
New York, NY 10016