Who We Are

About the Foundation

The Colburn Foundation was established as an independent foundation in 1999 and endowed by Richard D. Colburn, who was a businessman and philanthropist. Mr. Colburn passed away in 2004, but the Foundation continues to be governed by a Board of Directors.

Our mission is to promote a healthy and vibrant classical music community, primarily in Southern California, and to make grants to artistically excellent organizations for the performance and presentation of classical music, as well as for music education and the training of musicians.

The Board

The current Colburn Foundation board of directors consists of:

Carol C. Grigor
Founder, Dunard Fund
Robert S. Attiyeh
Partner, McKinsey & Co., Inc. (ret.)
David Colburn
Manager, Bixby Bridge Capital
Richard W. Colburn
President, Henley Management Company
Gail Eichenthal
Executive Producer, Classical KUSC and KDFC
John P. Nuckols
Executive Vice President, LA Opera
Allison Sampson
Vice President & Executive Director, Colburn Foundation


Allison Sampson  |  Executive Director


Carol Rinn  |  Grants Administrator


Layne Pinkernell  |  Controller


Applying to the Colburn Foundation

Please note that we discourage grant seekers from submitting unsolicited requests to the Foundation. The foundation has a process through which we invite returning and a very limited number of new applications.

Prior to submission of any application, it is a requirement to email the Grants Administrator, Ms. Carol Rinn, at crinn@colburnfoundation.org to determine the suitability of the intended request. This is particularly true for organizations which have not previously recieved a grant from the Colburn Foundation.

What do you fund?

We fund organizations engaged in some aspect of classical music - performance or presentation of classical music, classical music education, or training of classical musicians.

Do you fund individual artists?

No, we do not provide funding to individuals.

Do you fund all-volunteer organizations?

Yes, we fund 501(c)(3) organizations.

Do you make multi-year grants?

Historically, we have made multi-year grants. This is something that varies over time, depending on the level of our outstanding commitments.

Do you provide general operating support or project support?

We typically provide general operating support, unless a grantee is involved in areas that we do not fund, in which case we restrict our funding to the areas that we are willing to support within that organization. For educational institutions, we often provide scholarship support.

Do you support non-classical music?

No, we only support classical music.

What is the range of sizes of your grants?

The amount of each individual grant varies widely and should be discussed with the Colburn Foundation before applying.

Is your interest in classical music restricted to one or more periods?

No, we fund classical music broadly.

Is there a set funding cycle?

We consider grant applications on a rolling basis. Our board meets four times a year, and applications must be in advance of those meetings.

What is the connection between the Colburn Foundation and The Colburn School?

We are separately incorporated and separately managed, although Richard D. Colburn did endow both of the institutions. If you are looking for information on The Colburn School, please go to the school's website: www.colburnschool.edu.

Here is how the Colburn Foundation can be reached:


Colburn Foundation
9201 Olympic Blvd Ste 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90212-4605

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