The Shubert Foundation in New York City has announced grants totaling $25.6 million to performing arts organizations — its thirty-fourth consecutive year of increased grantmaking.
In the Berkshire and nearby New York and Vermont region, quite a few companies were recognized. They include the Adirondack Theatre Festival – $15,000; Barrington Stage Company – $70,000; Berkshire Theatre Group – $45,000; Dorset Theatre Festival – $10,000; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival – $65,000; Northern Stage- $20,000; Shakespeare & Company – $35,000; Weston Playhouse – $20,000; Williamstown Theatre Festival – $95,000. The total of these grants is $375,000. The Shubert Foundation makes similar grants every year so this is vital ongoing support, perhaps the most significant in the area.
These unrestricted grants ranged from $10,000 to $325,000 and were awarded to five hundred and six theaters, dance companies, professional theater training programs, and other arts organizations across the United States — a record number of grants for the foundation.
“We are thrilled with the Shubert Foundation support,” said Julianne Boyd, artistic director of Barrington Stage Company. “It’s an important grant for any arts organization to receive since it recognizes excellence in the field by one of the prestigious granting organizations in the United States.”
“This year we are delighted to be offering support to a record number of 506 performing arts organizations in locations all around the country,” stated Shubert Foundation President, Michael I. Sovern. “Our longstanding practice of providing help in the form of general operating support remains unchanged. We are convinced that talented artists and administrators are best able to decide how to use the funds we grant.”
The Shubert Foundation is the nation’s largest funder dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theatres, dance companies, professional theatre training programs and related service agencies.
“Every organization receiving a 2016 Foundation grant has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the performing arts,” said Foundation Chairman, Philip J. Smith. “We want to help lift some of the financial burden so that the companies we support are able to focus on producing thought-provoking, relevant work for the widest possible audience.”
The Shubert Foundation, Inc., established in 1945 by Lee and J.J. Shubert, in memory of their brother Sam, is the sole shareholder of The Shubert Organization, Inc. Since its founding in 1900, The Shubert Organization has produced and co-produced hundreds of plays and musicals, both in New York and in cities across the country. Currently, the company owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres, and six Off-Broadway venues.