Since its inception in 1963, the mission of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has been to encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations. FCA depends on artists to fund its programs; to date, over 1,000 artists have contributed paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, performances, and videos to help fund grant programs that directly support individual artists working in dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts.

FCA remains the only institution of its kind: created and sustained by artists to benefit artists.

About Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Bill Giles, Anna Moreska, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and Jasper Johns, Dillon's Bar, New York, 1959. Photo by Fred W. McDarrrah/Premium Archive/Getty Images.

"The non-monetary part of the award—the recognition, the acknowledgement, the sign from ‘out of nowhere’ to strongly encourage you to keep on doing the thing, and to take it further—is powerful."

— C. Spencer Yeh, Composer, Improviser
2019 Grants to Artists | Music/Sound