The Shubert Foundation Awards Millions to American Performing Arts Groups


Last month, the New York City-based Shubert Foundation announced grants totaling $22.5 million to nearly five hundred nonprofit performing arts organizations across the country. The grants, which range from $10,000 to $300,000 will support the passionate initiatives of 470 performing arts nonprofits, and include the formation of scholarship awards at leading colleges and universities. This is the 32nd consecutive year in which the Shubert Foundation has awarded more grants than the year before.

Established in 1945 by Lee and J.J. Shubert, the Shubert Foundation was formed to honor the memory of their brother Sam, and to sustain and advance the live performing arts in the United States. The foundation is the sole shareholder of The Shubert Organization, Inc., which operates 21 theaters both on and off-Broadway. With a particular emphasis on theater, and a secondary focus on dance, the Shubert Foundation is dedicated to promoting the performing arts, and primarily does so through its generous annual donations to hundreds of arts nonprofits across the country.

Says Shubert Foundation president Michael I. Sovern, “All of us at the Shubert Foundation are passionate about our commitment to America’s not-for-profit theater and dance companies. Our longstanding practice of providing help in the form of general operating support remains unchanged.” He also adds, “We are convinced that talented artists and administrators are best able to decide how to use the funds we grant,” of the free reign that is given to grant recipients each year.

This year’s recipients include Chicago’s American Theater Company, the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Cleveland Play House, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City, among hundreds of others. You can find this year’s full list of grant recipients by visiting the Shubert Foundation’s 2014 Grant List. Learn more about the foundation’s dedication to promoting the performing arts by visiting its official website.

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