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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces Guidelines for Artist Residencies Initiative

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is accepting Intent to Apply forms for the first round of the Doris Duke Artist Residencies. The program will support at least fifty residencies for artists at dance companies, theaters, presenting organizations, and/or select service organizations.

The residencies program is part three of the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative, a ten-year special initiative representing a commitment of $50 million above and beyond DDCF’s ongoing commitment to jazz, theater, contemporary dance, and related interdisciplinary work.

Residencies will support attempts by exemplary artists and organizations to increase demand for jazz, theater, and contemporary dance. The program is predicated on the belief that artists and organizations, working in creative and new ways, can imagine and pilot strategies for reaching the public/communities/markets and developing demand for the performing arts. While a residency may entail creation of new work as part of its focus, residencies will not support the creation of new work or creative time for artists as their primary goal; funded projects must have developing demand for jazz, theater, and/or contemporary dance as their primary goal.

The grant program requires that artists spend a minimum of four months full-time on site at grantee organizations during an overall grant period of up to three years.

To be eligible for support, artists and organizations must have a prior history of working together and collaborate on designing the residencies.

Three types of publicly supported 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply — producing organizations that have produced a significant body of work in jazz, theater, and/or contemporary dance; presenting organizations that have presented a significant body of work in jazz, theater, and/or contemporary dance; and service organizations that provide meaningful programs and activities for professional artists in jazz, theater, and/or contemporary dance. Organizations must employ professional artists (for producing and presenting organizations) and administrators, have a minimum of three years’ existence as a professional producing/presenting/service entity, and have an annual operating income of at least $300,000.

Individual applicants must have worked a minimum of three years as a professional artist.

Residencies will be awarded in five rounds between 2013 and 2017. The foundation will award a total of up to $1.5 million annually in grants of $75,000 or $150,000 for use over three years. Organizations applying for the $150,000 grants must have a minimum annual operating income of $750,000; organizations applying for $75,000 grants must have a minimum annual operating income of $300,000.

Visit the DDCF Web site for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application materials.

Link to Complete RFP

Deadline: June 1, 2012 (Intent to Apply Form)

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