Ford Foundation Awards $1 Million to Harlem Stage

Harlem Stage, a nonprofit arts group dedicated to producing works by performing artists of color, has received a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation, Crain's New York Business reports.

The largest private gift in the organization's thirty-year history will be used to set up a capital reserve fund to support the continued production of new dance, music, and theater pieces. The funds will enable Harlem Stage to provide additional financial backing — in addition to practice and staging space — to individual artists and also support tours of commissioned works.

The amount of individual artist grants will depend on the project, Harlem Stage managing director James King told Crain's. Collecting a percentage of the revenues from shows that tour would be an additional revenue stream for the organization, which currently has a $500,000 budget deficit.

"It will be a huge directional shift for us," said King. "It will be a gradual transition that will happen over time."

Theresa Agovino. "Ford Foundation Gives $1M to Harlem Stage." Crain's New York Business 06/10/2013.