Kevin Spacey Foundation: Grants for Theater

OVERVIEW: The Kevin Spacey Foundation awards grants to emerging artists with unique and creative projects in theater and musical theater.

IP TAKE: This funder is a good resource for emerging artists. Funding is fairly modest, so Spacey may be a better bet for smaller productions.

PROFILE: The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) was founded by actor Kevin Spacey, who, taking the advice of friend and mentor Jack Lemmon, decided to “Send the elevator back down.” What Lemmon meant by that is if people are successful in their chosen path in life and are able to realize their goals, they should “Send the elevator back down” to those who aspire to rise.

KSF supports artists “who have exciting, creative, and unique projects,” across multiple genres, including theater and musical theater.

Backing artists from across the globe from school age and up, the foundation’s Artists of Choice program only awards a small number of $10,000 grants per year. KSF works to “identify emerging artists who have a unique voice and artistic vision.” The foundation’s grants give them the “training and resources they need to fully express themselves.” Grants are awarded to artists in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

To learn more about the projects supported by the Kevin Spacey Foundation, explore its Grant Winners page.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications, generally beginning in mid-March, with submission deadlines falling somewhere around mid-April. Shortlisted artists are notified in early May with interviews in New York and London scheduled shortly thereafter.

All dates, of course, are subject to change. Grantseekers should definitely keep a close eye on the KSF website to stay updated.


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