The Yip Harburg Foundation funds projects that (a) work toward world peace, (b) work to end economic and social discrimination and exploitation, racial/ethnic conflicts, and social injustice; (b) provide educational opportunities to low-income and minority students through scholarship organizations; (c) advance and promote new works of American political art, especially efforts involving cultural and societal issues; (d) preserve and enhance the legacy of E.Y. Harburg through new projects or revivals of his standard works in all media.
We prefer to fund new projects, as follows: (a) action-oriented projects with small operating budgets which, due to the controversial, risky or innovative nature of their work, have little access to traditional funding; (b) mass media and theatre projects which educate and inform about serious issues; (c) projects extending over a specific time period, with a focused, concrete goal and clear social impact.
The Foundation generally grants $500 to $3,000, and occasionally up to $5,000. We request proof of applicant's tax-exempt status or fiscal sponsor. We require that you follow our application guidelines to request funds. We require that "The Yip Harburg Foundation" be credited for its contributions to a project and when applicable be supplied with a final product thereof (such as a video/sound recording or copy of printed publication).
We do not fund (a) libraries, buildings or endowments; (b) the areas of health (mental or physical), environment or aging; (c) travel expenses or conferences; (d) individual scholarships or stipends; (e) projects focused outside the U.S.
We initiate projects as well as support those already in development, in the following areas:
I. Social and Economic Justice
Towards this aim, we have funded groups such as:
II. Educational Opportunity
We have provided scholarships for:
III. New Works of Political Art
We have helped fund the following documentaries:
IV. Living Archives
We invite scholars, students and musical theatre practitioners to use our archives on Yip Harburg, which consist of an extensive collection of scripts, scores, recordings, videotapes, press clippings, etc., many of which are rare and unavailable elsewhere. Originals are housed at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and at Yale University. Copies of most of these materials are available from the Foundation's office.
Brief proposals are preferred (email preferred; for hard copies, the entire proposal should be no more than 10 pages).
Response time is usually from 6 to 8 weeks.
Please submit the following information:
* 500 words maximum, if possible
The Yip Harburg Foundation
(address as of January 27, 2011)
636 Broadway, Room 1207
New York, NY 10012
212-343-9453 (fax) - junk faxes not accepted