American Express Gives $1.5 Million to Support Performing Arts

American Express Company has announced $1.5 million in grant awards through its Performing Arts Fund to more than a dozen performing arts organizations.

The 13 grant recipients, located in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia will use their grant awards to fund outreach programs, performances, or other initiatives designed to attract new audiences to the arts. (See company news release for list of recipient organizations.)

The American Express Performing Arts Fund was created in 1997 to assist performing arts organizations across the United States in developing and sustaining broader audiences. Since its inception, American Express has given nearly $5 million to more than 50 arts organizations in 17 different states and the District of Columbia.

"Funding the arts is an important part of our corporate commitment to give back to the community," said Mary Beth Salerno, Vice President, American Express Philanthropic Program. "American Express recognizes the vital role the performing arts play within a community, and these unique grants support programs that seek to attract new audiences and foster diversity within the arts."