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Program News: Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Announces 2014 Recipients

April 22, 2014



ANNOUNCING THE INAUGURAL RECIPIENTS OF THE DORIS DUKE IMPACT AWARDS AND THE THIRD GROUP OF DORIS DUKE ARTISTS

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and Creative Capital are pleased to announce the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards. Both awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special ten-year initiative of DDCF, in partnership with Creative Capital, that empowers, invests in and celebrates artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Doris Duke Artist Award recipients receive $275,000, and Doris Duke Impact Award recipients receive $80,000. Since commencing in April 2012, the program has awarded a total of $18,100,000 to artists in the fields of jazz, dance and theatre. The 2014 award recipients are:

2014 Doris Duke Artist Awards:
John Collins (Theatre)
Joanna Haigood (Dance)
David Henry Hwang (Theatre)
John Jasperse (Dance)
Emily Johnson (Dance)
Bill T. Jones (Dance)
Melanie Joseph (Theatre)
Nancy Keystone (Theatre)
Lisa Kron (Theatre)
Oliver Lake (Jazz)
Steve Lehman (Jazz)
Tarell Alvin McCraney (Theatre)
Roscoe Mitchell (Jazz)
Zeena Parkins (Jazz)
Annie-B Parson (Dance)
Ranee Ramaswamy (Dance)
Peggy Shaw (Theatre)
Craig Taborn (Jazz)
Randy Weston (Jazz)

2014 Doris Duke Impact Awards:
Muhal Richard Abrams (Jazz)
Ambrose Akinmusire (Jazz)
Steve Coleman (Jazz)
Anna Halprin (Dance)
Trajal Harrell (Dance)
Julia Jarcho (Theatre)
Jennifer Lacey (Dance)
Jodi Melnick (Dance)
Ben Monder (Jazz)
Jennifer Monson (Dance)
Dean Moss (Theatre)
Lucia Neare (Theatre)
Aruán Ortiz (Jazz)
Matana Roberts (Jazz)
Tina Satter (Theatre)
Jen Shyu (Jazz)
Johnny Simons (Theatre)
Michael Sommers (Theatre)
Adrienne Truscott (Dance)
Cristal Chanelle Truscott (Theatre)

Each recipient of a Doris Duke Artist Award receives $275,000, including an unrestricted, multi-year cash grant of $225,000, plus as much as $25,000 more in targeted support for audience development and as much as $25,000 more for personal reserves or creative exploration during what are usually retirement years for most Americans. Artists will be able to access their awards over a period of three to five years under a schedule set by each recipient. Creative Capital, DDCF's primary partner in the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, will also offer the awardees the opportunity to participate in professional development activities, financial and legal counseling, and regional gatherings-all designed to help them personalize and maximize the use of their grants.

"We're so excited to welcome these exceptional artists to both the Duke and Creative Capital communities," said Ruby Lerner, Founding President & Executive Director, Creative Capital. "It will be a privilege for us to share the tools and resources we've developed over the past 15 years with this stellar group of artists."

Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at DDCF, said, "This year's roster of Doris Duke Artists is an extraordinary group, representing a wide range of artistic styles, ages, communities and experiences. We're honored to recognize their singular achievements and their continuing influence on their respective fields, and to offer them this extraordinary commitment of time and money."

To qualify for consideration by the review panels, all the Doris Duke Artists must have won grants, prizes or awards on a national level for at least three different projects over the past ten years, with at least one project having received support from a DDCF-funded program. The panel chose the artists based on demonstrated evidence of exceptional creativity, ongoing self-challenge and the continuing potential to make significant contributions to the fields of jazz, contemporary dance and theatre in the future. By the end of the initiative, 100 artists will have been named Doris Duke Artists. 

Each recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award receives $80,000, including an unrestricted, multi-year cash grant of $60,000, plus as much as $10,000 more in targeted support for audience development and as much as $10,000 more personal reserves or creative exploration during what are usually retirement years for most Americans. Artists will be able to access their awards over a period of two to three years under a schedule set by each recipient. Like the Doris Duke Artists, Doris Duke Impact Award recipients will have the opportunity to participate in professional development activities, financial and legal counseling, and grantee gatherings through Creative Capital, DDCF's primary partner in the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards. By the end of the Awards, 100 artists will have received Doris Duke Impact Awards.

Doris Duke Impact Award recipients were nominated by previous Doris Duke Artist Award recipients. Nominators were required to identify multiple artists who have influenced and are helping to move forward the fields of dance, jazz and/or theatre, but may or may not be artists in one of these particular fields. In addition to these criteria, they were encouraged to consider artists, including dancers, actors, and non-composing musicians, who are not eligible for the Doris Duke Artist Awards. A separate anonymous panel of artists then selected artists from this larger nomination pool.

Ben Cameron noted, "These Impact Awards make a strong statement about the power these artists will have in shaping the fields of dance, theatre and jazz, and represent a new way for us to expand our reach to embrace artists we may not have supported in the past."  

Ambrose Akinmusire, a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Award, said, "I was shocked and grateful to be recognized by my peers for my work, which is so personal to me. There is a lot of pressure to be commercial and not to take risks. This award will allow me to take more risks in my work, and to embark on collaborations that I've long wanted to do with other artists but that wouldn't otherwise be financially possible for me."

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