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Grants Program & Collaborative Initiatives

The Foundation's Grant and Collaborative Initiatives Programs award financial support to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for projects related to Weill, Lenya, or Marc Blitzstein. Since 1983 the Foundation has awarded more than $5,000,000 in grant funding to hundreds of organizations and individuals worldwide. Its Grants and Collaborative Initiatives Programs reflect the Kurt Weill Foundation's commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As such, the Foundation ensures that its grant funding is awarded to organizations who have demonstrably committed to and implemented policies ensuring non-discrimination, diversity, and equality in its practices.

The Foundation's Grant Program accepts proposals in the following categories: Professional Performance, College/University and Amateur Performance, Media, Scholarly Symposia and Conferences, Publication Assistance, Research & Travel, and the Kurt Weill Dissertation Fellowship.

Street Scene by the Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center, part of a sponsored summer-long Kurt Weill festival. Photo: John Allen

Grants Program

The annual application deadline is 1 November for proposals for projects and performances taking place on or after 1 January of the coming year and before 1 July of the year following. For example, the application deadline is 1 November 2024 for proposals for projects and performances taking place on or after 1 January 2025 and before 1 July 2026. (Proposals for retroactive funding of projects or performances will not be accepted.)

An additional application deadline of 1 June is primarily intended for College/University Performance grants for productions taking place in the following academic year.

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

Collaborative Initiative Programs

As a counterpart to its Grant Program, the Kurt Weill Foundation partners in select cases with both professional arts organizations and educational institutions, and consortiums thereof, to realize projects that advance the strategic goals of the Foundation. Realization of these partnership projects requires the Foundation to be involved at the earliest stages of the planning processes, with ongoing timely and extended collaborative discussions. Resources offered by the Foundation in order to enable such undertakings include both substantial funding as well as expertise concerning repertoire, casting, and other facets of the project. The amount of financial support available through this program is flexible and commensurate with the scale of the project and its potential for significant impact. Projects usually center on the production or performance of one or more of Kurt Weill’s or Marc Blitzstein’s compositions, but may include ancillary activities designed to advance more general awareness and appreciation of their works.


For more information, contact

Brady Sansone
Secretary of the Foundation and Director of Programs and Business Affairs

212.505.5240 | Ext. 204

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