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The Kleban Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-07-22

At A Glance

The Kleban Foundation, Inc.

685 3rd Ave.

New York City, NY United States 10017


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Entertainment

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-06-30)

Assets: $2,908,058

Total giving: $200,000






Established in 1988 in NY - Founded by the late Edward L. "Ed" Kleban, who was a musical theater composer and lyricist. Kleban wrote the lyrics for the Broadway hit "A Chorus Line," for which he and composer the late Marvin Hamlisch won the 1976 Tony Award for Best Original Score. Along with the music and lyrics of various musical theater artists, Kleban's lyrics too, were featured in the 1979 Broadway musical "The Madwoman of Central Park West." "A Class Act," a musical based on Kleban's life was presented on Broadway in 2001.

Purpose and Activities

Support for individual theatrical lyricists and librettists.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Grants to Individuals Program

Support to promising theatrical lyricists and librettists.

Kleban Prize In Musical Theatre

This award is given annually to both a librettist and a lyricist. The amount is $100,000 to each recipient payable in two annual installments of $50,000. Applicants must meet either of the following criteria: 1) A work by the applicant has previously been produced on a stage or in a workshop performance or 2) the applicant is or has been a member or an associate of a professional musical workshop or theater group, i.e., ASCAP, BMI Theater Workshop or the Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Development Program.

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Theater

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-06-30

Assets: $2,908,058 (market value)

Expenditures: $309,150

Total giving: $200,000

Qualifying distributions: $271,155

Giving activities include:

$200,000 for 4 grants to individuals of $50,000 each