The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., is a not-for-profit, private foundation chartered to preserve and perpetuate the legacies of composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981). Based in New York City, it administers the following programs:
The Weill-Lenya Research Center is the principal international repository for research materials related to Weill's and Lenya's lives and careers. As a combination library, manuscript repository, and media center, the Research Center acquires original documents and recordings as well as reproductions of materials held in public or private collections worldwide. Housed in the Foundation's offices and at the Yale University Music Library, the collections of the WLRC document Weill's and Lenya's achievements during their lifetimes and their influence on the cultural history of the twentieth century. Holdings include music, libretti, letters, personal papers, non-commercial recordings (audio and video), performance history files, and other unique items. The WLRC has produced A Guide to the Weill-Lenya Research Center and collaborated on the third edition of Kurt Weill: A Guide to His Works, both of which are available from the Foundation. The WLRC also has produced illustrated biographies of Weill and Lenya published by Overlook Press (German editions by Ullstein and Könemann, respectively).
The Kurt Weill Edition is in the process of publishing the composer's musical legacy in newly-engraved full scores that uphold the highest scholarly and critical standards while satisfying all the practical requirements of a performance edition. The project makes possible an essential step forward in the study and performance of Weill, since only two of the composer's dozens of stage compositions were previously available in full score and many have never before circulated in any form. The Edition will include works for stage and film, orchestral and chamber music, vocal music, songs and Lieder, and facsimiles (Weill's autograph full score of Die Dreigroschenoper has already appeared). Information on subscriptions can be found here.
Each year, the Foundation's Grant Program gives financial support to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for projects related to Weill, Lenya, or Marc Blitzstein. Applications are accepted in the following categories: Research and Travel; Kurt Weill Dissertation Fellowships; Publication Assistance; Kurt Weill Mentors; Educational Outreach; College/University Performance; Professional Performance; and Broadcasts.
In 1998, on the occasion of Lenya's centenary, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music established the annual Lotte Lenya Competition. The competition honors versatile young singer/actors who are musically and dramatically convincing in a wide range of theater music by Kurt Weill and other composers. Finalists selected from video auditions and live semi-finals compete for cash prizes.
The Foundation awards the biennial Kurt Weill Book Prize to recognize distinguished scholarship in music theater since 1900, including opera. The Foundation accepts submissions of scholarly work in music, theater, dance, literary criticism, and history, or any combination thereof. Books; scholarly articles, chapters, or essays; critical editions; or publications in other media (e.g., CD-ROM) will all be considered.
Twice a year the Foundation publishes the Kurt Weill Newsletter, which includes feature articles, news items, lists of upcoming performances, and reviews of books, performances, and recordings. Subscriptions are free, and all issues from 1996 to the present are online. The Foundation also publishes sourcebooks devoted to single works, such as Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Street Scene, and Der Silbersee.
Kim H. Kowalke, President and CEO
Philip Getter, Senior Vice President
Guy Stern, Vice President
Susan Feder, Secretary
Ed Harsh, Chair of the Board
Joanne Hubbard Cossa
Milton Coleman, Trustee Emeritus
Paul Epstein, Trustee Emeritus
Walter Hinderer, Trustee Emeritus
Harold Prince, Trustee Emeritus
James Conlon, Honorary Trustee
Stephen E. Davis, Honorary Trustee
Teresa Stratas, Honorary Trustee