The America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) was founded in 1939 by American Philanthropist Edward Norman. The legendary late violinist Isaac Stern and his wife Vera served as its Chairpersons and have been the living spirit of AICF since its founding. For over eighty years, AICF has continued to build Israel’s cultural infrastructure and its name has become synonymous with culture in Israel.
The remarkable artists touched by AICF’s programs have been represented globally in prominent orchestras, symphonies, ballet and modern dance companies, museums, galleries, opera companies, jazz clubs, and concert halls the world over.
America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) is the leader in supporting and promoting Israeli culture and artistic life. Over the last eight decades, AICF has provided life-changing support to over 18,000 outstanding young artists, building a movement of artistic ambassadors who share Israel’s rich culture at home, online, and worldwide.
AICF has empowered generations of Israel’s most gifted and distinguished artists through Sharett Grants, Creative Enrichment programs, Study Abroad, Instrument Loans, the Periphery Outreach program, the Israeli Artist Network, the Aviv Competitions, and its other fine programs. Since 1939, and throughout its illustrious history, AICF has contributed over $160M to Israeli artists and arts institutions.
AICF aims to provide crucial early, middle, and advanced career support to bolster the careers of the finest artists from across Israel in music, dance, theater, visual arts, and design. Its grant recipients have set the bar for artistic excellence and driven Israel’s high-profile reputation on stages, in theaters and galleries the world over.
AICF supports consecutive generations of great artists during each stage of their evolving career while ensuring Israel’s place as a global hub for the arts.
The Sharett Grants Program for Creative Excellence has been instrumental in developing the careers of generations of Israel’s greatest artists. Its other programs include Enrichment Programs, a Study Abroad Program, the Israeli Artist Network (IAN), the Aviv Competitions, an Instrument Loan Program, and its Periphery Outreach Program.
AICF grant recipients serve as professors and instructors at prestigious conservatories and universities around the world such as The Juilliard School, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, the Israel School of Music, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Boston University, Parsons The New School of Design, Dresden Academy for Early Music, and The Banff Centre.
Grant recipients also perform in renowned festivals and competitions and are members of the world’s finest symphonies, orchestras, ensembles, dance, theater, and opera companies and appear in prestigious museums and galleries. AICF provides support to many of Israel’s finest cultural institutions, such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Museum, the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, and the Batsheva Dance Company. AICF also provides performance opportunities for artists at festivals, embassies, and private and national events.
Notable AICF Grant Recipients – Individuals and Institutions
Itzhak Perlman, violin, 1956-1964; Pinchas Zukerman, violin, 1957-1967; Joseph Kalichstein z”l, piano, 1958-1963; Yefim Bronfman, piano, 1973-1977; Miriam Fried, violin, 1956-1968; Gil Shaham, violin, 1980-1983; Sharon Kam, clarinet, 1984-1993; Daniel Barenboim, conducting, 1954; Anat Cohen, Latin music and jazz, 1992-1994; Avishai Cohen, jazz, 1992-2003; Rita Yahan-Farouz, singer, 1985-1986; David Broza, jazz, 1980; Jerusalem Quartet: Alexander Pavlovsky, violin, 1992-1999; Sergei Bresler, violin, 1991-1999; Ori Kam, viola, 1991-1999; Kyril Zlotnikov, cello, 1991-1999; Johnny Gandelsman, violin, 1991-1999; Itamar Zorman, violin, 1999-2009; Roman Rabinovich, piano, 1996-2010; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, 1943-1999; Haifa Symphony Orchestra, 1953-1996; Rubin Academy, 1963-2000; Culture to the People (Omanut La’am), 1980-1998; Jerusalem Music Centre’s Young Musicians Unit, 1991-2005
Raida Adon, art 2002/3; Menashe Kadishman, painting/sculpture, 1960-1962; Boaz Vaadia, painting/sculpture, 1968-1972; Michal Rovner, 1987-1993; Zigi Ben-Haim, painting, 1967-1971; Joshua Neustein, abroad fellowship; Sigalit Landau, multimedia, 1994-1996; Uri Tzaig, painting/sculpture, 1992-1996; Michal Heiman, photography, 1989-1990; Pavel Wolberg, photography, 1994-1996; Yehudit Sasportas, painting/sculpture, 1994-2000; Israel Museum, 1959-1986; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1965-1992; Haifa Museum of Art, 1953-1974; Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, 1960-2000; Acquisition of Israeli art for various museums, 1987-2005
Ohad Naharin, 1975-1977; Rami Be’er, 1977-1978; Yehudit Arnon, abroad fellowship; Ido Tadmor, 1982-1985; Zvi Gotheiner, 1971-1975; Idan Sharabi, 2000-2006; Batsheva Dance Company, 1960-2000; Bat-Dor Be’er Sheva Dance Studio, 1953-2000; Inbal Dance Theatre, 1965-1987; Kibbutz Dance Company, 1984-2000; Israel Ballet, 1984-1995
Nir Bergman, 1994-1999; Maya Dreifuss, 2003-2006; Eytan Fox, 1990-1991; Tal Granit, 2001-2002; Shlomit Hagoel-Trigger, 1982-1983, 2001-2003; Ido Har, 1999-2002; Tomer Heymann, 1998-2000; Asaf Korman, 2004-2006; Dover Koshashvili, 1995-1997; Shuli Kalderon, 1998-1999; Leora Kamenetzky, 1988-89; Nadav Lapid, 2003-2007; Talya Lavie, 2003-2006; Shmuel Maoz, 1988-1989; Yair Nahshon, 2004-2005; Nitai Netzer, 1996-1997; Tali Shalom Ezer, 2005-2007; Tom Shoval, 2004-2005; David Wallach, 1967-1967; Keren Yedaya, 1996-1998; Moshe Zonder, 1990-1991; The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem, 1989-2000; Jerusalem Cinemateque, 1989-1994; Tel Aviv Cinemateque, 1989-1993; Young Filmmakers Group, 1995-2003
Hanna Azulai-Hasfari, acting, 1981-1982; Liraz Charhi, 2001-2001; Sasson Gabai, 1970-1971; Netta Garti, acting 2002-2003; Shira Geffen, 1993-1994; Carlos Gharzuzi, theatre 2016-17; Roni Pinkovitz, directing, 1986-1989; Mark Ivanir, acting 1988-1990; Dana Ivgy, 2004-2005; Rotem Keinan, acting 2003-04; Dror Keren, 1986-1987; Nir Levy, 1994-1995; Keren Mor, 1984-1985; Moshe Naor, directing, 1996-1997; Keren Peles, 2003-2004;
Rita, 1984-1986; Sandra Sade, 1970-1971; Bat-Chen Sebag, 2005-2005; Yuval Semo, 1997-1999; Tali Sharon, 2003-2004; Oded Teomi, acting, 1958-1959; Itay Tiran, acting, 2000-2002; Sara Von Schwarze, 1990-1993; Anat Waxman, 1982-1984; Cameri Theatre, 1943-1985; Habima National Theatre, 1948-1974; Haifa Municipal Theatre, 1949-1987; Jerusalem Theatre, 1951-1974; Studio Nissan Nativ, 1983-1999