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Effort aims to strengthen arts groups

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Ten performing-arts groups throughout the U.S. have been chosen to participate in a $15 million initiative exploring new business and funding models designed to strengthen the sector.

With funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Nonprofit Finance Fund has launched “Leading for the Future: Innovative Support for Artistic Excellence.”

The five-year program will use the funds to help 10 arts groups deal with challenges such as dwindling funding resources, changing audiences and new technologies.

In addition to funding, the chosen nonprofits will receive technical assistance and advisory services to help them test and implement changes designed to strengthen their business models.

“At a time when restricted gifts and carefully predicted outcomes are the status quo, this program offers these organizations the latitude and support that is required for true experimentation and change,” Clara Miller, president and CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, says in a statement.

Grants have been awarded to:

  • Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, New York City
  • Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles
  • Cunningham Dance Foundation, New York City
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, Mass.
  • Misnomer Dance Theater, New York City
  • National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta
  • Pin Chong & Company, New York City
  • SITI Company, New York City
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago
  • The Wooster Group, New York City

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