Support CAP UCLA

We thank you for your support.

Make a gift that invests in the Center’s presentation and arts-education goals, through any one of the following funds. Gifts that support our programs and initiatives are 100% tax-deductible.

You can contribute directly by clicking on any of the funds.

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance is dedicated to the advancement of the contemporary performing arts in all disciplines – dance, music, spoken word and theater, as well as emerging digital, collaborative and cross-platforms utilized by today’s leading artists. By supporting the CAP UCLA annual fund, you are providing flexible operating funds that help ensure we can curate and facilitate direct exposure to exceptional contemporary performance from around the globe, support artists who are creating extraordinary works, and foster a vibrant learning community both on and off the UCLA campus. Your generosity allows Los Angeles audiences to connect to new ways of seeing and better understanding the world we live in now.
CAP UCLA will launch a capital campaign to raise funds for the renovation and activation of its new performance space, the UCLA Nimoy Theater. Through philanthropic support, the space will be transformed from a dormant movie theater into an innovative and flexible 250+ seat performing arts venue that will play a vital role in the arts ecology of Los Angeles. Inspired by this vision, and to inspire other arts supporters, one of the campaign’s lead donors has made a challenge gift that will match dollar for dollar all contributions to the campaign up to $2.5 million.
The Director’s Fund bolsters the vision behind the major initiatives at CAP UCLA. Support to the Director’s Fund accelerates our participation in the international dialogues pertinent to the performing arts with cultural partners and global networks. This support galvanizes our leadership efforts that result in proactive creative development, and is the sole resource through which the Artistic Director is able to make advance commitments to projects that would otherwise languish in the delay of annual budget approval cycles.

While that may not sound sexy, the reality is ~ 70% of the artists and major projects that are presented come from the Director’s proactive commitment. The remaining 30% evolve from routed touring opportunities. If these figures were reversed, the majority of the season would be derived from what is shaped by availability rather than visionary pursuit.
Artists need resources and space for creative research, rehearsal and experimentation. Long before a performance is ready for a public audience, it is being tested, critiqued and refined behind the scenes. The Residency Fund supports CAP UCLA’s initiative to award up to 8 artists a concentrated creative development period within the Royce Hall rehearsal space.  Resident artists are given access to UCLA research areas, the special collections archives and research libraries, in addition to the expertise of the Center’s departmental staff. Artists typically open one “work in progress” showing for students, CAP UCLA members or their artist peers towards the end of the residency, which are hosted by the Center.
The Artists acknowledged as Fellows are considered master practitioners in their artistic achievements, and benefit from a three-year commitment by the Center to present their ongoing works under full production as part of the main stage public programming. In addition, the Center develops enhanced contextual and archival material for each of the artists, and forges connections on their behalf that can expand the support for their future work. Fellows are on campus intermittently over the three years, and are generous in exchanging their practices with students and academics in addition to provoking ideas for the Center to consider. Inaugural Fellows include: Laurie Anderson and Robert Wilson.

Contributors to the Fellows Fund, provide lasting impact to renowned artists whose legacy and work becomes an enduring part of UCLA for future generations.
Since 1969, Design for Sharing has brought a world of creativity and inspiration to public school students in Los Angeles by providing interactive and educational arts programming for more than 10,000 K-12 students each year. Your support helps DFS facilitate a student’s experience of being on the the UCLA campus while participating in free performances, workshops, and hands-on arts activities at both CAP UCLA, as well as through residency programs directly in students’ own classrooms. In addition, to help teachers extend the impact of performance experiences and art-making activities, DFS produces educational materials, discussion guides and links to artists and arts information. In its first 50 years, over half a million young people have experienced exceptional artists and programming through DFS programs.
Many times, organizations, people and companies opt to support our mission and programs by donating goods and services that help us celebrate the art of performance with our artists and audiences.

We love this. And, it goes a long way.

If you have a product or service to offer and want to help us do what we do, you may qualify for an opportunity to make a gift in-kind.

For more information, please contact CAP UCLA Development at 310.206.7848 or
Examples of Planned Gift Arrangements:
  • Bequest through a will
  • Gift through a living trust or other non-charitable trust
  • Charitable remainder trust

To learn more about gift planning please click here.

If you are interested in making a planned gift to the Center, please contact CAP UCLA Development at 310.206.4878, or email UCLA Gift Planning at

You can also directly support CAP UCLA by becoming a member and enjoy a variety of benefits.