Mark DresserCongratulations to ISB board member Mark Dresser for winning this amazing award.  We couldn’t be prouder of you Mark!  So, what are you going to do with all that money???

The following is the press release from the Doris Duke Foundation:

Twenty Performing Artists Receive $80,000 Each as Recipients of Doris Duke Impact Awards, Bringing the Current Number of Individuals Awarded These Grants to 40 and the Total Funds to $3.2 Million

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and Creative Capital announced today the second group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Impact Awards. The award is part of the larger Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, launched in late 2011 as a special 10-year initiative of DDCF to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Each recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award is receiving $80,000, totaling in $1.6 million to 20 new grantees, along with access to advisory services provided by Creative Capital, which administers the program in partnership with DDCF. Since April 2014, DDCF has awarded a total of $3.2 million in Impact Awards to 40 artists in the fields of jazz, dance and theatre.

Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, said, “The Doris Duke Impact Awards are based on nominations submitted by artists, identifying others (often less widely known) that will have enormous impact on the jazz, dance or theatre fields in the future. This year’s group is a thrilling one: we are honored to support them and look forward, not only to how they will use their funds, but to the ways they will shape and change the performing arts in the future.”

The 2015 Doris Duke Impact Awards are:
·  Becca Blackwell (Theater)
·  Lear deBessonet (Theater)
·  Kris Davis (Jazz)
·  Mark Dresser (Jazz)
·  Michelle Ellsworth (Dance)
·  Beth Gill (Dance)
·  Milford Graves (Jazz)
·  Ishmael Houston-Jones (Dance)
·  Morgan Jenness (Theater)
·  Heather Kravas (Dance)
·  Dohee Lee (Theater)
·  Dianne McIntyre (Dance)
·  Matt Mitchell (Jazz)
·  Carlos Murillo (Theater)
·  Brooke O’Harra (Theater)
·  Susan Rethorst (Dance)
·  Tyshawn Sorey (Jazz)
·  Henry Threadgill (Jazz)
·  Reggie Workman (Jazz)
·  Pamela Z (Theater)

To learn more about the 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award recipients and to view samples of each artist’s work, visit