The Richard Tucker Music Foundation, founded in 1975, is a non-profit cultural organization which honors the artistic legacy of the great American tenor through support of talented American opera singers and by bringing opera into the community.
The Foundation seeks to heighten appreciation for opera by offering free performances in New York Metropolitan area and by supporting music education enrichment programs.
Through our awards program which offers grants for study, performance opportunities and other career-enhancing activities the Foundation provides professional development for singers at several levels of career-readiness:
The Sara Tucker Study Grant provides grants to singers, selected through a vocal competition, who are recently out of the university or conservatory and considered to be at the beginning of promising careers.
The Richard Tucker Career Grant provides grants to singers, selected through a vocal competition, who have begun professional careers and who have already performed roles with opera companies nationally or internationally.
The Richard Tucker Award is conferred annually upon a single artist who has reached a high level of artistic accomplishment and who, in the opinion of a conferral panel, is on the threshold of a major international career.
Programs of the Foundation, including master classes and concerts in a variety of community settings, provide performance opportunities for award winners and enrich the cultural life of the communities in which they take place. These concerts are frequently broadcast on the radio, offering an even wider public a chance to enjoy operatic and other types of vocal music.
The work of the Tucker Music Foundation is guided by a Board of Directors whose members include leaders in business, education and the arts. The Board, which is committed to strengthening the cultural life of New York City and the metropolitan region, provides intellectual, financial and artistic counsel to the Foundation’s management from a variety of perspectives and generates a network of support for the organization from the associations and constituencies its members represent.
In the past three decades, the reach of The Richard Tucker Music Foundation has become substantial: our winners and grantees sing all over the world, our programs finance the growth of young artists and the creation of new music, and our expanding educational programs bring help and hope to another generation through the gift of music.
This is Richard Tucker’s proud legacy.