To have a healthy and vigorous performing arts ecosystem, artists and arts organizations must have the resources they need to be effective and thrive. Too often, arts organizations find themselves undercapitalized relative to their aspirations, and coordination problems make it difficult to build and maintain shared resources.
Art organizations with inadequate capital or talent tend to take a defensive, risk-averse posture. This can lead to stunted artistic ambition and lack of organizational creativity. Through grants made as part of our Infrastructure grantmaking strategy, the Hewlett Foundation invested in critical infrastructure and organizing efforts to encourage solutions to the needs of the performing arts field. The Performing Arts Program made grants under this strategy from 2012 to 2019 as part of our overall strategic framework during that period.