Application Forms
General Application Requirements
Description of Categories
Evaluation Procedures
Application Deadlines

Application Forms


General Application Requirements and Specific Application Requirements

In addition to specific materials requested below, all applications must include the following:

  1. Application Cover Sheet and Performance Grant Fact Sheet (if applying for a performance grant);
  2. a detailed description of the project;
  3. information about the applicant, including relevant qualifications and past achievements; performance grant applicants should also include a DVD or audio recording of a past performance;
  4. A detailed and itemized budget specifying entire project expenses and income, including ticket revenue and income anticipated from other funding sources and date of determination. Applicants must notify the Foundation if other grants are awarded.

Description of Categories

Research and Travel. Funding may be requested to support research and travel expenses to locations of primary source material. Applicants must be researching a topic related to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and/or Marc Blitzstein, and must submit a detailed outline of the proposed project, a writing sample, and at least one letter of recommendation.

Kurt Weill Dissertation Fellowship. Ph.D. candidates may apply for dissertation fellowships to assist in research activities. The application must include a copy of the dissertation proposal, at least one writing sample, and two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant's faculty advisor.

Publication Assistance. Funding may be requested to assist in expenses related to preparing manuscripts for publication in a recognized scholarly medium, including editing, indexing, design, and reproduction fees. Not-for-profit publishing companies are encouraged to apply. All proposals must have been subject to peer review; such reviews must be submitted in support of the application, along with a copy of the manuscript. Normally conference proceedings are ineligible unless the essays have undergone significant revision and editing as components of a book.

Kurt Weill Mentors. To aid in preparation of Weill or Blitzstein stage or concert performances, present workshops or lectures, or participate in scholarly symposia, performing arts organizations and educational institutions may request support to engage performers, conductors, directors, and scholars who have been designated "Weill Mentors" by the Kurt Weill Foundation. Such requests may be considered even when the relevant performances would not otherwise be eligible for support under the Foundation's grant program. Applicants should contact the Foundation for further information, and the Foundation will recommend appropriate Weill Mentors for specific projects.

Educational Outreach. Performing and educational organizations may request funding for educational activities (workshops, symposia, scholarly conferences, lectures in connection with performances, study days, secondary and college-level educational initiatives, etc.) focusing on Weill, Lenya, and/or Blitzstein, including payment of speakers' honoraria and travel expenses, preparation and printing of supporting materials, etc. Applications must include detailed description of the educational activities and vitae for expert participants.

College/University Performance:

  • Stage Works
    Grants are awarded to colleges and universities in support of general production expenses for performances of Kurt Weill's and Marc Blitzstein's stage works. All works must be presented in their authorized versions and orchestrations. Performances of Die sieben Todsünden are fundable only in Weill's original orchestration and keys.
  • Concert works
    Grants are available to cover musical expenses in connection with performance of complete Weill and Blitzstein concert works. Applicants must furnish evidence (recordings, reviews) of the artistic merit of the organization's previous performances.

Compilation properties consisting solely of Weill's or Blitzstein's songs do not qualify for support. Please note the additional application deadline below for productions taking place in the fall semester of the current academic year.

Professional Performance. Funding may be requested by professional opera companies, theater companies, dance companies, and concert groups. All works must be presented in their authorized versions and orchestrations. Applicants must furnish evidence (recordings, reviews) of the artistic merit of the organization's previous performances. Productions of The Threepenny Opera are not eligible for funding in the professional production and performance category, and performances of Die sieben Todsünden are fundable only in Weill's original orchestration and keys. Performances of Kleine Dreigroschenmusik alone are normally not eligible for funding, unless the piece is programmed as part of a group of Weill works. Compilation properties consisting solely of Weill's songs do not qualify for support.

Broadcasts. The Foundation welcomes proposals from producers and not-for-profit broadcasters to support programs that feature Kurt Weill's or Marc Blitzstein's life and/or music. A complete description of the project must be accompanied by a written commitment from the broadcaster.

Evaluation Procedures

After applications have been reviewed by Foundation staff, additional supporting materials or information may be requested for consideration by the Independent Review Panel, which will make recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The Independent Review Panel will be composed of experts from the musical, theatrical, and scholarly communities. Grants will be awarded on an objective and non-discriminatory basis, with selection criteria to include:

  1. Relevance and value of the project to the Foundation's purposes;
  2. Quality of the project;
  3. Evidence of the applicant's potential, motivation, and ability to carry out the project successfully;
  4. Evidence of the applicant's prior record of achievement in the field covered by the project;
  5. Potential impact of the project (readership, size of audiences, related broadcast/telecast/recording, etc.).


Criteria of Evaluation and Priorities for the KWF Grant Program

Application Deadlines

The annual application deadline is 1 November for the following calendar year, academic year, or cultural season, and applicants will be informed of awards no later than 1 February of the funding year.

Applications for support of major professional productions/festivals/exhibitions, etc., will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis without application or performance deadlines.

An additional application deadline of 1 June has been established, limited exclusively to College/University Performance grants for productions taking place in the fall semester of the upcoming academic year. (Performance fact sheet)


For further information, contact the Kurt Weill Foundation. All applications and correspondence should be addressed to:

Carolyn Weber, Director
Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
7 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003-1106
Telephone: (212) 505-5240
Fax: (212) 353-9663
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