The following is a list of funding opportunities for Rhode Island Arts Foundation at Newport, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 1967, whose mission is to promote and preserve the art of chamber music. The Foundation’s major objective is the presentation of the Newport Music Festival, a seventeen-day series of sixty chamber music concerts held each July in the famous Gilded Age Newport Mansions.
Endowment— Malkovich Memorial Fund at RI Foundation
The Mark P. Malkovich, III Memorial Fund was established in July 2010 following the passing of the Festival’s long-time director. Dr. Malkovich’s thirty-five years at the helm of the Newport Music Festival saw the growth of the Festival to one of international prominence. He planned and directed over 2,000 concerts, presenting approximately 1,000 artists from around the world on Newport stages. Over 130 artists made their American debuts in Newport. This fund will serve as a de facto endowment for the Festival, and ensure the continued presentation of foreign artists at the Festival and the ability to hire a full-time Music Director. The goal of the fund is set at $1 million dollars. The fund is administered by The Rhode Island Foundation and provides a 3% yearly disbursement.
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Digital Archives Project
Since the Festival’s first season in 1969, the archives have amassed a collection of over 2,000 chamber music concerts. Recording formats from reel-to-reel audio to digital video are represented. The Digital Archives Project will digitally transfer and restore the entire collection to be viewed and visited online by music-lovers and scholars throughout the world. An initial estimate of $250,000 is budgeted.
Annual Fund The Newport Music Festival budgets a fundraising goal of $323,500 from individual contributions, corporate sponsorships and foundation grants. These unrestricted funds are directed to the general fund for management and operation of the Newport Music Festival. The Festival is currently budgeted at $725,000 per year.
Chamber Music Academy Led by renowned cellist Sergey Antonov, a Tchaikovsky Competition gold medalist, the academy will focus on teaching 8 advanced applicants per Festival season. An intensive two-week course of study with master-classes and instruction by Festival artists will culminate in two concerts at the Newport Music Festival. The first academy is scheduled for July 2015 and budgeted at $27,500.