Creative Excellence Grants (Sharett)

AICF’s flagship project is the Creative Excellence Grants program (AKA “Sharett Grants”), discovering and nurturing young talents in the fields of dance, theater, visual arts, and music.

Over 18,000 artists have enjoyed grants given by the Foundation since the day the Sharett Program was established in 1955. Many of the grantees are currently members of Israel’s leading orchestras, dance troupes and theatre companies. Others present in museums and galleries in Israel and abroad, have widespread international careers and are active in the television and film industries. These grantees comprise a substantial and meaningful segment of the cultural infrastructure in Israel today, and are active as creative artists, teachers, directors of art institutions and artistic directors. These Foundation graduates contribute to the enrichment of the cultural life in Israel, influence arts education and act as cultural ambassadors who garner for Israel prestige and respect worldwide.

Grant awardees include musicians Itzhak Perlman, Shlomo Mintz, Miriam Fried, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, Yefim Bronfman, Ilan Volkov, Dan Ettinger, most of the members of Israel’s leading orchestras and approximately 70% of the members of the Israeli Philharmonic. In addition, grantees include singers David Broza, Rita, and Miki Gavrielov; artists Menashe Kadishman z”l, Sigalit Landau, and Michal Rovner; actors Itay Tiran, Keren Mor, and Sara Von Schwarze; filmmakers Tomer Heymann, Eytan Fox, Dover Kosashvili, and Ra’anan Alexandrowicz; and the dancers and choreographers Ohad Naharin, Rami Be’er, Ido Tadmor, among many others.

The Foundation’s financial support is vital for the demanding studies undertaken by the young audition takers. In addition, over the years the grants’ significance has been known to extend beyond their monetary value and to act as a seal of approval and recognition of the young artists’ abilities and their future prospects.

Selection of grantees requires skill and professionalism and is done with a spirit of dedication and a sense of mission. The Foundation’s staff, in collaboration with the best professionals in each field, hold approximately 1,000 auditions each year and execute their charge with persistence and forbearance.

– Auditions for the Foundation are held between March and August every year.
– Registration is done on the Foundation’s website, and usually takes place during December.
– The beginning of the registration period is announced a couple of weeks prior.

Artists who wish to learn more about the registration process and upcoming auditions, please visit our Hebrew pages for artists in the various fields.