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The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

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Purpose and Activities

To build and perpetuate the live performing arts, particularly the professional theater, in the United States. Emphasis is on theater and a secondary focus on dance. Support for theatrical organizations with demonstrated artistic and administrative track records, and arts-related institutions necessary to maintain and support the theater. The foundation also operates a theatrical archive. Grants almost always made exclusively for general operating funds.


Incorporated in 1945 in DE as the Sam S. Shubert Foundation; current name adopted in 1971 - Founded by the late Jacob J. and Levi "Lee" Shubert, Polish-born American brothers who, with a younger brother Sam, established the largest theater empire in the 20th century. In 1970, the foundation's assets were doubled by amounts received through the estate of Lee Shubert, who died in 1953. As the principal beneficiary of the estate of J.J. Shubert, in 1972 the foundation received the shares of the various companies controlled by the Shuberts. The Shubert Foundation, Inc., is the sole shareholder of the Shubert Organization, Inc., which owns and operates numerous theaters across the U.S.


The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

Independent foundation




234 W. 44th St New York City, NY United States 10036-3979

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