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Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits
for Performances of Musical Works and Research

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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits for performances of music works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein or for relevant scholarly or educational initiatives. Additionally, grants are awarded to individuals and nonprofits for scholarly research pertaining to Marc Blitzstein, Lotte Lenya, and Kurt Weill.

Description of Funding Categories


A. Professional Performance
Funding may be requested by professional opera companies, theater companies, dance companies, and concert groups for performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and/or Marc Blitzstein.

B. College/University Performance
Grants are awarded to colleges and universities in support of general production expenses for performances of Kurt Weill's and/or Marc Blitzstein's stage works, and to cover musical expenses in connection with performances of Weill's or Blitzstein's concert works.

Please note:
- 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. (The arrangement for low voice by Brückner-Rüggeberg is thus ineligible.)
- 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 of individual Weill or Blitzstein songs do not qualify for support.
- Musical adaptations and proposals in which the music serves in an incidental or background capacity are not eligible for funding.
- Costs for new translations or adaptations of dramatic works are not eligible for funding (although the productions themselves may be).

Support may be requested for radio, television, video, film, or multimedia projects that feature Kurt Weill's, Lotte Lenya's, or Marc Blitzstein's life and/or music.

Scholarly Symposia/Conferences; Educational Outreach; Community Engagement:
Performing and educational organizations may request funding for scholarly or educational activities (workshops, symposia, scholarly conferences, secondary and college-level educational initiatives, etc.) focusing on Weill, Lenya, and/or Blitzstein. Support may be requested for payment of honoraria and travel expenses, preparation and printing of supporting materials, etc.

Kurt Weill Mentors:
Performing arts organizations and educational institutions may request support to engage conductors, directors, coaches, and coach/performers who have been designated "Kurt Weill Mentors" by the Kurt Weill Foundation. The purpose of a Kurt Weill Mentor's involvement is to enhance the performance of Weill's or Blitzstein's stage or concert works; this might, for example, take the form of presentations of workshops, master classes, or coaching sessions. Proposals to engage a Mentor for the purpose of giving pre-performance lectures are not eligible for support. Initiatives involving a Mentor may be considered even when the relevant performances would not otherwise be eligible for support under the Foundation's grant guidelines. Applicants should contact the Foundation for further information. If an application is successful, the Foundation will recommend appropriate Mentors for specific projects.

Kurt Weill Dissertation Fellowship:
Doctoral candidates may apply for dissertation fellowships to assist in research activities on Weill, Lenya and/or Blitzstein-related topics. Fellowships are reserved for candidates with extraordinary potential for contribution to the field evidenced by recommendations from the academic community. The applicant's project should address significant lacunae in Weill, Lenya, and/or Blitzstein research.

Publication Assistance:
Funding may be requested by authors and not-for-profit publishers to subvent expenses related to preparing manuscripts for publication in a recognized scholarly medium, including editing, indexing, design, and reproduction fees. Topics must be related to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and/or Marc Blitzstein. All publications must have been subject to peer review. Publication Assistance may be awarded to scholars previously funded with a Research and Travel Grant or a Dissertation Fellowship.

Research and Travel:
Funding may be requested to support research and travel expenses to the Weill-Lenya Research Center and other locations of primary source material. Applicants must be researching a topic related to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and/or Marc Blitzstein.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181056

Term of Contract:

Projects and performances may take place on or after January 1, 2020 and before July 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program awards financial support worldwide to not-for-profit organizations for performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein; to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for scholarly research pertaining to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein; and to not-for-profit organizations for relevant educational or scholarly initiatives.

"Indirect costs," administrative expenses, and institutional overhead are not eligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:

The annual application deadline is November 1 for proposals for projects and performances taking place on or after January 1 of the coming year and before July 1 of the year following. For example, the application deadline is November 1, 2019 for proposals for projects and performances taking place on or after January 1, 2020 and before July 1 2021. (Proposals for retroactive funding of projects or performances will not be accepted.)

An additional application deadline of June 1 is restricted exclusively to College/University Performance grants for productions taking place in the fall semester of 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. Organizations are encouraged, however, to apply well in advance of the event.

Grant applicants will be notified of the decision of the Board of Trustees in January.

Funds will be disbursed following the completion of the project, once the stipulations in the grant agreement have been satisfied.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Brady Sansone, Director of Programs and Business Affairs
(212) 505-5240 x 204

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
7 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003-1106

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.