The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music has created a number of programs designed to encourage or reward high standards in performance and scholarship. Such programs honor individuals and organizations who engage with Weill's works specifically or musical theater more generally.
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 from regional and video auditions compete for cash prizes.
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 addition to its established grant program, the Kurt Weill Foundation cultivates relationships with professional arts organizations and leading educational institutions. Such organizations may approach the Foundation with ideas for major projects, and the Foundation may on occasion present proposals to the organizations. Such projects are developed through extended discussion between the Foundation and the organizations, and the Foundation provides substantial funding in order to make them possible.
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.