Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Sponsors Numerous Jazz Programs

Attention all hepcats! The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (see Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Grants for Music) helps keep jazz alive by supporting the creation and distribution of one of the most popular genres of music to emerge over the past few centuries. The foundation funds grantees through programs administered by Chamber Music America, the Creative Capital Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts, and National Performance Network. Grants are open to both programs and individuals.

Chamber Music America supports jazz through three programs funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Professional jazz ensembles can apply for the New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development grant, which aids in the creation, performance, and cultivation of original work over a three-year period. The grant has funded more than 140 contemporary jazz projects since 2000. Grants range from $9,500 to $15,000. The Presenting Jazz program supports presenters and festivals with live performances. Priority is given to emerging and mid-career ensembles. Finally, Chamber Music America reaches rural, urban, and/or suburban communities by supporting nontraditional projects between professional jazz ensembles or presenters and community partners in its Residency Partnership. (Read Doris Duke Program Director Ben Cameron's IP profile.)

The Creative Capital Foundation offers two types of grants for individual jazz artists and artist collectives via the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Creative Capital grants are available for individual artists. U.S. citizens who are 25 years of age or older, have at least five years of experience, and are not full-time students are eligible to apply. The Multi-Arts Production Fund grants support live performance. The guidelines state a particular interest in "experimentation and innovation in all traditions and disciplines of live performance."

A particularly interesting program supported by the foundation is the French-American Jazz Exchange, administered by the Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts. Jazz musicians from France and the United States collaborate in one or both countries with the aid of the program.

Finally, support is available for jazz musicians who have been commissioned or presented by any of the National Performance Network's 55 partner organizations. A full list of partner organizations is available from the National Performance Network.

Aside from its focus in the arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation also supports three other national grantmaking programs: the Child Abuse Prevention Program, the Environment Program, and the Medical Research Program. It also supports the African Health Initiative and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Something tells us the foundation stays busy over there.

Doris Duke was an American heiress, philanthropist, and classically trained pianist with — you guessed it — a particular interest in jazz. Lucky for us!