What We Fund

The Lester and Hope Abelson Fund for the Performing Arts seeks to support original, new performance works and programming by nonprofit artistic organizations and groups (tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) that have been in existence at least three years, and are located in the Chicago metropolitan area.

We do not have formal restrictions on the type, genre, or discipline of performance, but our interests are generally in music, theater, and dance. We do not adhere to specific program areas. Rather, our objective is to support emerging and new artistic performance that displays unique approaches that encourage innovation, have a quality of inspiration, and display creativity: such work may extend current boundaries of a particular artistic discipline, or it can be multidisciplinary. We appreciate new ideas.

Awards are administered by The Chicago Community Trust.

We do not support:

  • Endowment or capital costs
  • Existing deficits
  • Individual artists
  • Religious organizations