The Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards is a ten-year program undertaken by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Creative Capital, to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding as a response to financial and funding challenges both unique to the performing arts and to each grantee. Launched in 2011, the Awards program supports individual artists in contemporary dance, theatre, jazz and related interdisciplinary work.
Grants are not tied to any specific project but are intended as deepened investments in the artists’ personal and professional development and future work. Through Creative Capital, the awardees will also receive the opportunity to take part in professional development activities, financial and legal counseling, and grantee gatherings—all designed to help them maximize the use of their grants.
The Awards program offers two tiers of support: The Doris Duke Artist Awards and the Doris Duke Impact Awards. The Awards program will select and support 200 artists through unrestricted grants and additional restricted project grants for connecting with audiences and/or audience development. Through the program, at least 100 Doris Duke Artists and at least 100 Doris Duke Impact Award recipients will receive expanded freedom to take creative risks, explore new ideas, and pay for important professional and personal needs.
The Awards program is part of the larger Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative—a ten-year, $50 million commitment on the part of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to recognize the potential of individual artists and insure their future viability, in the core fields of the performing arts supported by Doris Duke during her lifetime. Over 10 years, the Performing Artists Initiative will, through the Awards program, provide awards to at least 200 artists and, through the Building Demand for the Arts program, support at least 50 partnerships between artists and dance companies, theaters, presenting organizations and/or select service organizations. Creative Capital maintains administrative, fiscal and legal oversight of the Awards program. The Building Demand component of the Initiative is administered by the Arts Program at Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Ultimately, the Awards program reflects the pioneering spirit and generosity of Doris Duke, who frequently invested in talent or artistic genres, such as jazz, certain forms of modern dance and traditional Islamic art forms, long before others in the United States recognized the value of such work.