Princeton Festival


P.O. Box 2063
Princeton, NJ 08543
County: Mercer


Dr. David H. Brown, Ph.D.

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For general operating support of TPF's 12th season, featuring a new production of Britten's opera Peter Grimes and works in 10 other genres.

Organization Background

Founded in 2004, The Princeton Festival (TPF) has become an important and growing cultural institution in central New Jersey. Its mission is to enrich the communities it serves through a multi-dimensional world-class summer performing arts festival. The Festival creates programs that excite, inform, inspire, and invite discovery and engagement as it strives to become a nationally recognized performing arts destination. In 2014, TPF made important progress toward this goal with 15% of its ticket buyers coming from beyond the NJ, PA, and NY region.

Over the years, TPF has built a successful business model: In-house, self-produced productions of opera, musical theater, baroque orchestra concert, an annual piano competition and conducting masterclass; presentations of jazz, world music, cabaret, a cappella jazz and other recitals; augmented by high quality artistic partnerships in other genres such as chamber music, puppet theatre and dance. The partnerships bring their own audiences, marketing and PR capabilities and each requires only a relatively small amount of contributed support from TPF. TPF's Education and Engagement activities are also designed to reach a diverse audience with special programs for youth, families and seniors. The result of this effort is a Festival that has balanced its budget every year, carries no debt, and has established a cash reserve and the beginnings of an Endowment Fund.

TPF is the only arts organization producing fully-staged opera in New Jersey at this time. TPF has received a coveted Certificate of Excellence from the NJ State Council on the Arts, and has received 4 highly-competitive Art Works Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Festival was also supported from 2006 until its closure in 2014 by the J. Seward Johnson, Sr. 1963 Charitable Trust.

TPF has experienced formidable growth during its first 11 years, all the more notable when considering the past decade was the backdrop for a global economic collapse.

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