Overview of Foundation

Jerome Foundation Grantmaking Overview 2008-2013

•     Average Annual Grantmaking Budget:  $2.94 million

•     Geographic Restrictions:  Organizations and artists in the State of Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City.  The dollars split approximately 53% in Minnesota and 47% in New York City over the five  years.  

•     Average Grant Size:    

$27,048       (organizations)       Average Number of Grants Authorized Annually: 90

$  7,683        (individuals)       Average Number of Grants Authorized Annually: 66

•     Distribution of Grant Dollars by Discipline for Fiscal Years 2007-2012:

Dance 8%

Literature 11%

Film, Video, New Media 17%

Music 9%

Miscellaneous 2%

Multidisciplinary 15%

Theater 13%

Visual Arts 16%

•      The Jerome Foundation supports the creation of new works by emerging artists.  Artistic quality/potential is the primary review criterion.

•      Three Programs, 25% of grant dollars, provide funds directly to individuals.  There are two production grant programs for Minnesotaand New York City film and video artists and a Travel and Study Grant program for Minnesota and New York City artists.

•      The remainder, 75% of grant dollars, is awarded to nonprofit arts organizations for programs that advance the work of emergingcreative artists: choreographers, literary artists, performance artists, playwrights, composers, visual artists and multidisciplinaryartists.

•      The focus on emerging artists supports those who have significant potential yet are under-recognized and have not receivedacknowledgement as established creators from fellow artists and other arts professionals.

•      The Jerome Foundation gives preference to artist-driven programs and projects.  Artists and unincorporated ensembles who producetheir own works are eligible for grants.

•       No funds are available for building/property acquisition and renovation, equipment purchase and endowment. 

•      Preference is given to ongoing programs that serve artists, provide professional-level opportunities, ensure adequate payment forartists, and utilize open and inclusive procedures for identifying and selecting artists.

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