Surviving the Longest Intermission in History
The Coronavirus pandemic has devasted the performing arts and disrupted the livelihoods of the world’s great artists. Once the crisis is over, people will be in even greater need for the soul-revitalizing power of the performing arts. The Foundation is helping to ensure that some of the world’s greatest talent not only survives the economic hardship brought on by the pandemic, but can use the time to hone their craft, find new sources of inspiration, and nurture their spirits.
The Foundation is providing grants to the world’s top performing artists, musicians, singers, dancers, production artists, and others. We knew that nearly all of the performing institutions themselves were struggling financially even before the pandemic, and that the world risked losing what is arguably its most emotional and spiritual art forms.
We see this Mission as one that could have been overlooked in the disarray caused by the pandemic, and we believed that any response to the problem would be late in coming or will not come at all. We have a deeply felt belief that the world would be a lesser place without the performing arts, so we chose to intervene. Our devotion and resources will continue to support performing arts and other art forms, as well as their lifeblood—great singers, dancers, and performers—until the curtain rises once again.