As opera companies grapple with a dwindling subscriber base and the exodus of older audience members, the Wallace Foundation’s latest installment in its $64 million initiative to drive engagement at performing arts organizations is both timely and instructive.
As regional giving continues to reshape the higher ed landscape, we’re seeing greater support for the highbrow performing arts at universities far from the familiar urban enclaves. Here’s an instructive case study.
The relatively few tech donors in the arts space typically hail from the engineering world. Ann S. Bowers, however, doesn’t fit the mold. We dig into her back story and recent big gift for chamber music.
While a big recent gift to the Cleveland Orchestra was “unexpected,” there are strong reasons that the city's arts organizations and those of its Rust Belt neighbors keep raking in donor dollars.
While the Bay Area's tech elite remain ambivalent about the arts, other funders in the region are a different story entirely. We dig into a historic brick-and-mortar gift out of San Francisco.
With 900 member stations nationwide, the NPR network offers hope for the future of journalism and culture alike. So it’s not surprising to see more big money flowing to public radio stations, most recently in Seattle.
With arts organizations fretting about declining corporate support in some places, we look at the recent grantmaking of a big bank that sees the arts and culture as a key to regional vitality.
Mellon has been promoting orchestral diversity for years. But its support for a collaborative effort to address the root causes behind the field's racial disparities takes things to a new level.
Don't believe the rap that mega-donors now see L.A. as the innovative arts mecca and New York as the calcified city of yesteryear. A major gift to The Shed—by a billionaire Angeleno, no less—suggests otherwise.
The Wallace Foundation's latest Building Audiences for Sustainability Story looks at a theater troupe's successful efforts to attract younger attendees by tapping into the power of market research.
What does it look like when a big-city cultural institution and a donor stay in sync for decades? The relationship between Henry and Elaine Kaufman and the Kaufman Music Center serves as a good case study.
The Great American Songbook Foundation may have a new home thanks to an estate donation valued at more than $30 million from Bren Simon of the Mel and Bren Simon Foundation.
Donors have found a lot to like about the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's innovative engagement initiatives, along with other steps the ensemble has taken to put itself on a path to sustainability.
A new case study from the Wallace Foundation shows how the Seattle Symphony leveraged market research to effectively engage the city's burgeoning class of "new urban cultural consumers."
Higher ed has been relatively immune from the kind of socially driven arts philanthropy currently permeating the curatorial and performing arts spaces. Here's a sign that this is changing.
Funding trends in Wilmington, Delaware, provide a sobering reminder to arts organizations everywhere: It's not just government funders that are in retreat.
Another scrapped renovation project—after the usual cost overruns and recriminations—may cause mega-donors to think twice before supporting risky capital expenditures. Then again, maybe not.
News out of Philadelphia suggests that when "highbrow" performing arts groups tap into unique local assets to boost audience engagement, funders respond.
The foundation's support for a high school arts training program is another example of this freewheeling yet strategic funder venturing into areas where other funders are scarce.
While Dr. Dre's sale of Beats to Apple didn't quite make him a billionaire, the hip hop mogul netted plenty of cash. We take a look at Dre's emerging philanthropy, including a recent performing arts gift.
It's a scary time for music education organizations, so we figured some good new would be appreciated. We check in with a foundation that provides donated instruments to support music education programs.
Pushback to Paul Allen's planned music festival suggests that while maverick mega-donors don't face conventional checks on their giving, they nonetheless have to answer to critics.
Faced with dwindling subscribers, changing demographics and potential labor unrest, music ensembles need more help than ever. We look at who's stepping up and how.
With arts patrons increasingly giving to areas not based on either coast, regions like the Rust Belt are positioning themselves as vibrant and viable arts destinations. For proof, we turn to the Iron City.
With music programs again facing cuts, we figured it was a good time to check in on VH1's Save the Music Foundation's digital and classroom-based efforts promoting music education.
Hollywood TV producer Thomas C. Werner's philanthropy not only involves Boston and Los Angeles, but several other cities in the U.S. We take a look at this family's multiregional giving.
Funders haven't given up on classical music, or striving for more diversity in the ranks of classical musicians. We look at a $2.5 million grant to a consortium serving students across Greater Philadelphia.
Multi-million-dollar capital campaigns are fraught with risk even under the best of circumstances. So what happens when an organization's leader walks away mid-project?
Donors have recently embraced a seemingly intuitive concept: Why try to lure classical listeners in a traditional setting when you can engage them in a wide range of places they already are?
We rarely come across big gifts earmarked for the field of "American music." An exception to this rule, courtesy of the estate of a Texas billionaire, surfaces some theories as to why this is.
Pabst Blue Ribbon making grants to indie bands has to be peak hipster, certainly in the context of philanthropy. But then again, given how tough it is for musicians to make ends meet, it’s not a bad idea.