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NPN Receives Support from American Express Foundation

Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 1:52 pm in News

Contact: Stanlyn Brevé
Tel. 504/595-8008 x204

The National Performance Network Receives Support from American Express for the Growth and Development of Arts Leaders

NEW ORLEANS, LA (September 29, 2011) – American Express awarded the National Performance Network (NPN) $25,000 to support its Mentorship and Leadership Initiative (MLI).  The Mentorship and Leadership Initiative gives artist-centered organizations time and space for personal renewal, resources to support leadership development and succession in a planned and strategic way, and the ability to create a mechanism for quick and easy access to the intellectual capital inherent in artist-centered organizations.

This is NPN’s first grant from American Express Foundation. The funds will support five to seven Mentorship and Leadership Initiative projects over the next year. Recognizing that leadership is exercised in many ways and that people and organizations have diverse learning needs, MLI allows a wide range of projects. In addition to supporting attendance at institutes, workshops or trainings, NPN also honors a traditional journeyman/apprentice model, where long-time, ongoing associations build competency and craft.

Since 2006, NPN has made more than 50 Mentorship and Leadership Initiative Awards to NPN Partner organizations.“ The NPN Mentorship and Leadership Initiative has served as a fulcrum in assisting and moving a talented individual to a core position in our organization,” says Mary Luft, Executive Director of Tigertail Productions in Miami Florida.“ In light of the economy, professional development budgets are the first item to be cut. In order to keep the field moving forward, investment in individual growth is needed more than ever. American Express recognizes that transforming and diversifying the current landscape of non-profit arts organizations begins with the development of leaders.” says Stanlyn Brevé, National Program Director of the National Performance Network.

About the National Performance Network (NPN)

The National Performance Network (NPN) is a group of diverse cultural organizers, including artists, working to create meaningful partnerships and to provide leadership that enables the practice and public experience of the arts in the United States. NPN annually leverages nearly $3,000,000 in financial support for the creation and touring of contemporary performance work. The Forth Fund is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. For more information, visit

About American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. American Express appreciates the impact that excellent leaders can have on business and society as a whole and dedicates significant resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees with leadership potential.  The Company also extends this commitment to leadership development to a broader community. One of American Express’ three platforms for its philanthropy is Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow. Under this giving initiative, American Express is making grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle important issues in the 21st century.  Learn more at and connect with us on,,,, and



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