Shubert Foundation Awards Over $25 Million in Grants

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Over 500 not-for-profit performing arts organizations benefit from the record-breaking donations.
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The Shubert Foundation’s 2016 Grants Program has awarded a record-breaking total of $25.6 million to 506 not-for-profit performing arts organizations across the United States. The 2016 grants mark the 34th consecutive year that the Foundation has increased its giving.

“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 in a statement. “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 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.”

Ranging $10,000-$325,000, the grants benefit a broad spectrum of arts organizations around the country. Recipients include The Acting Company, The Actors' Gang, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, American Shakespeare Center, Arena Stage, Arts Emerson, Atlantic Theater Company, Barrington Stage Company, Blue Barn Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Center Stage, Center Theatre Group, The Children's Theatre Company, The Cleveland Play House, Clubbed Thumb, Court Theatre, Dallas Children's Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company, Dixon Place, East West Players, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, The Foundry Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, The Growing Stage, Gulfshore Playhouse, The Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage Company, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, The Jungle Theater, Keen Company, Laguna Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Maine Street Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, New Dramatists, The New Group, Omaha Theater Company, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Performance Space 122, The Phoenix Theatre, The Play Company, Playground, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Queens Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, 7 Stages, Shakespeare & Company, Stage West, Target Margin Theater, Theater Wit, Urban Stages, Victory Gardens Theater, Weston Playhouse, Working Theater and York Theatre Company, among many others.

“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.”

Two years ago, the Foundation established the Shubert Scholars Program, which disperses grants to seven leading colleges and universities. This year's recipients include American Academy of Dramatic Arts, California Institute of the Arts/School of Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University/School of Drama, Columbia University, The Juilliard School/Drama Division, New York University/Tisch School of the Arts and Yale University/School of Drama.

Since the establishment of the Shubert Foundation grants program in 1977, over $385 million has been awarded to not-for-profit arts organizations throughout the United States.


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.

For more information about The Shubert Foundation and its grants program, visit

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