After an unprecedented year of hardship for the performing arts, the Shubert Foundation announced today that it will be awarding a record $ 32.1 million to 575 nonprofit arts organizations nationwide in 2021 as many of the groups remain under the impact of the 15-month Covid-19 pandemic shutdown.
Grant recipients include theater, dance companies, professional theater education programs, and related service agencies in the United States.
“This has been a year like no other for our fellows,” said Diana Phillips, president of The Shubert Foundation, in a statement. “Covid triggered an existential crisis, while outrage over racist injustice triggered a national reckoning. Each had a profound impact that will reverberate for years. The Shubert Foundation is proud to provide vital support to hundreds of organizations at this crucial time. It was never more necessary or more deserved. “
The $ 10,000 to $ 325,000 grants benefit a wide range of theater and dance organizations, the foundation said, “from large to small, from urban to rural,” including groups that bring early art to a young audience.
This year’s grand total exceeds the $ 32 million awarded in 2020.
Funds from the Shubert Foundation are provided as general operational support. Founded in 1945 by Lee and J.J. Shubert is the nation’s largest funder of unrestricted aid to nonprofit theater and dance companies. Since the Shubert Foundation’s scholarship program was established in 1977, nearly $ 540 million has been given to nonprofit arts organizations in the United States.
“The pandemic has made the crucial role of the performing arts in our lives clear,” said Foundation Chairman Robert E. Wankel. “In a year without live performances, we were more determined than ever to maintain our commitment to theater and dance companies across the country.”