2015 Doris Duke Impact Awards Announced

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the second round of recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards.

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NewMusicBox Staff

A screen shot from the Doris Duke website showcase photos of all the 2015 award recipients.

The 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award Winners

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the second round of recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards, which are part of the foundation’s special, ten-year initiative to empower, invest in, and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Doris Duke Impact Award recipients receive $80,000.

These 2015 awards are in addition to the annual Doris Duke Artist Awards, which were already announced in April. (Three of the recipients of those $275K awards—Muhal Richard Abrams, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Steve Coleman—had previously received Impact Awards in 2014.)

Additionally, composer/performers Dohee Lee and Pamela Z both received 2015 Duke Impact Awards in the theatre category.

2015 Doris Duke Impact Awards in Jazz

The $80,000 Impact Award consists of an unrestricted, 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 for personal reserves or creative exploration during what are usually retirement years for most Americans. Impact Award-winning 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 have the opportunity to participate in professional development activities, financial and legal counseling, and regional gatherings through Creative Capital, DDCF’s primary partner in the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards. By the end of the ten-year awarding cycle, 100 artists will have received Doris Duke Impact Awards.

The 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.

More information about the awards and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is available here.

(from the press release)