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New Program Launched in Partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

December 12, 2011

Creative Capital is delighted to announce a new ancillary program, the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, launched in fall 2011 in partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Performing Artist Awards will support individual artists in contemporary dance, theater and jazz for extended professional and artistic development. The program is designed to empower, invest in and celebrate notable performing artists, allowing for long-term exploration and research needs unmet by traditional project support.

The award programs will select and support 200 artists through unrestricted grants and additional funds will be available for audience development and matching contributions to artists’ retirement accounts. Creative Capital will serve as DDCF’s primary partner in working with artists in the award programs to realize and maximize the use of their grants. All awardees will have the opportunity to take part in professional development activities, financial and legal counseling, and grantee gatherings.

Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation said, “DDCF selected Creative Capital as a partner in the program because of its proven record of professional development work with artists; its high standards of fiscal responsibility; and its unique position in the field that allows the organization to connect grantees to artistic resources beyond the performing arts. DDCF recognizes the organization’s leadership and pioneering role in developing an innovative and successful support program for individual artists and we are delighted to expand our relationship with Creative Capital through this program.”

The award programs will support 100 Leading Artists with grants of $225,000 of unrestricted funding over a period of three to five years. Artists will also receive $25,000 earmarked for audience development or arts education and up to $25,000 on an incentive-matching basis for retirement savings. Leading Artist Awards are not open to application. To be considered by the peer review panel for a Doris Duke Leading Artist Award, artists must have received national support for at least three different projects over a ten-year period, with at least one project having received support from DDCF-funded creation or commissioning programs. Creative Capital and Multi-Arts Production Fund grants would count toward an artist’s potential eligibility. Doris Duke Leading Artists will be announced annually in classes of twenty between 2012 and 2016.

The program will also make an additional 100 awards to artists who have demonstrated the potential to influence their respective fields but who have yet to receive significant national support. These artists will receive $60,000 in unrestricted funding over a period of two to three years, plus an additional $10,000 for audience development and $10,000 on an incentive-matching basis for retirement savings. This award is also not open to application; artists will be nominated by an anonymous group of peer artists and need not have received prior DDCF funding. These awardees will be announced annually in classes of twenty between 2014 and 2018.

For both awards, funds for artistic and professional development are unrestricted and can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including travel, study, space, equipment, artistic collaborations and experimentation, professional consultations, conferences and residencies, health insurance, child care, retirement, debt retirement, financial reserves, and other needs as defined by grantees. Funds dedicated to audience building may be used for a broad array of initiatives, including website development, open house events, Q&As, residencies, classes and workshops, publications, and other uses as identified by the awardees.

Rachel Ford, who has been selected to lead the program, added, “This program combines Creative Capital’s thoughtful, artistic-centric approach to grant making with DDCF’s unprecedented support of an artist’s process and life needs. I believe these awards will bring much-needed legitimacy to the profession of performing artist in this country.” Rachel has extensive experience in working directly with performing artists, following positions with both TCG and HERE, where she served as associate producer. Most recently, she led the development department at Creative Time.

Ruby Lerner, Executive Director, Creative Capital, added, “We are thrilled to be partnering with DDCF on this important program, which will make an extraordinary investment in the careers of the awardees, and by extension, in the field overall. Creative Capital is a permanent laboratory for best practices in artist services, and building on more than a decade’s experience of helping hundreds of artists achieve success for their ambitious projects, and through the experience gained from administering the Creative Capital|Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program and the MAP Fund, we are excited by the opportunity to partner with DDCF to launch this incredible program.”

The Performing Artist Awards are part of a larger initiative, the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative, a new ten-year, $50 million program. The overall program includes a residency program as well as the two award programs. Since its founding in 1996, DDCF has given more than $218 million to its signature fields in the arts, by supporting the commissioning, production and presentation of new works; the development of innovative new approaches to the challenges facing performing arts groups; and the strengthening of national organizations that are vital to dance, jazz and theater. With the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative, DDCF will now provide a critical mass of flexible support to individual artists, as well as to a range of dance companies, theaters and presenters.

About Creative Capital
Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for its grantees. In its first decade, Creative Capital has committed more than $20 million in financial and advisory support to 326 projects representing 406 artists, and has reached an additional 3,700 artists through its Professional Development Program.

Creative Capital's core program receives support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Booth Ferris Foundation, the Muriel Pollia Foundation, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, Catharine and Jeffrey Soros, Paige West, and more than 150 other institutional and individual donors, in addition to support from the Kresge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the Professional Development Program.

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. Established in 1996, the Foundation supports four national grantmaking programs. It also supports three properties that were owned by Doris Duke—in Hillsborough, New Jersey; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Newport, Rhode Island—all of which are open to the public. The Foundation awarded its first grants in 1997. To date, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $1 billion. For more information, please visit

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