Corporate & Foundation Support

Corporations and foundations provide essential operating and project support for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. UNCSA offers a wide array of giving opportunities, including event sponsorship and advertising, annual giving and naming opportunities including facilities, programs, scholarships and endowed funds.

Corporate Opportunities

UNCSA welcomes the interest and inquiry of corporations and business professionals, in the community and statewide, looking to achieve maximum impact with their marketing and charitable resources. There are many ways for you to involve your company now in the high quality performances of UNCSA through sponsorship, advertising and charitable giving at a level suitable for your company.

UNCSA offers myriad opportunities for you to gain exposure for your company and connect with our discerning audience. Major productions include The Nutcracker ballet and UNCSA all-school musicals, such as Oklahoma! in 2011 and Guys and Dolls in 2015, which attracted total audiences of more than 11,000. Each year's performance calendar is composed of more than 300 recitals, concerts, plays, musicals, dance showcases, film screenings and much more. Each one represents an opportunity for you to support UNCSA's dual mission of educating students and presenting artistically excellent works for the benefit of this community.

For more information about sponsorship, advertising and other ways to become a corporate partner, contact Edward Lewis, Chief Advancement Officer, at 336-770-3329 or or Katharine Laidlaw, Chief Marketing Officer, at 336-770-3293 or

Foundation Grants

Foundations support the important work of UNCSA by investing in capital projects, professorships and scholarships, and special initiatives and projects of the School that exceed the limitations of our state funding. Grants from Foundations, as well as from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem Forsyth County, fund numerous projects that enhance the curriculum, performances and programs of UNCSA. 

Spotlight: Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation
The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation is a private foundation in Georgia dedicated to the support of women in (or from) nine specified southeastern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The Foundation devotes most of its resources to the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarship program, which provides scholarship grants to schools and colleges for deserving female students. The Foundation also supports selected nursing homes and hospices in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia serving the needs of elderly women.