The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation registered in New York State, was founded in 1994 by the late playwright/filmmaker Arch Brown in memory of his life-partner of 28 years, Bruce Allen Brown. For 24 years, the foundation offered grants to production companies to offset expenses in producing LGBTQ-themed plays, films, videos, and other performing-arts works based on history. From 1996 until 2017, the foundation also sponsored an annual literary (later, playwriting) competition.
The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation has suspended its production grants program. The officers and advisory board of the foundation deeply regret this decision, made for the simple reason that, after a quarter-century, our resources have dwindled to the point that we can no longer fund a grants program. We are extremely proud of our work over the past two and a half decades, during which we have assisted more than 150 not-for-profit organizations in producing almost 200 individual works, including plays, musicals, performance works, fiction and nonfiction films and videos, operas, choral works, and other performing-arts events. We are equally proud of our grantees, who have so creatively mined LGBTQ history to fashion works that have informed and entertained LGBTQ audiences and the wider arts community.
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