The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music has announced the expansion of its Grant Program. In addition to existing categories funding performances of Weill's musical works, scholarly research, and educational initiatives directly related to Weill and Lotte Lenya, financial support will now be awarded in the same categories for projects directly related to Marc Blitzstein, including performances of his musical works. This development is a result of the Foundation's receipt of a 50% share of Blitzstein's musical and literary estate, donated by Blitzstein's nephew Stephen Davis. Blitzstein is best known for his stage works Regina and The Cradle Will Rock and for his English adaptation of Weill and Brecht's The Threepenny Opera.
In the area of education, the Kurt Weill Foundation has added a new mentorship category to the Grant Program, entitled "Kurt Weill Mentors." Under this program, performing arts organizations and educational institutions may request financial support to engage performers, conductors, directors, and scholars who have been designated "Weill Mentors" by the Kurt Weill Foundation, to aid in the preparation of Weill or Blitzstein stage or concert performances, present workshops or lectures, or participate in scholarly symposia. Such requests may be considered even when the relevant performances would not otherwise be eligible for support under the Foundation's grant program. Applicants should contact the Foundation for further information, and the Foundation will recommend appropriate Weill Mentors for specific projects.
Grant Program details and guidelines are available on the Kurt Weill Foundation's website at: http://www.kwf.org/grants-a-prizes/grant-program. Inquiries may be directed to Carolyn Weber, Director.