Ben Cameron runs the arts granting program at the Doris Duke Foundation, focusing on live theater, dance and jazz.

Why you should listen

Ben Cameron is the Program Director, Arts, at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in New York, where he supervises a $13 million grants program aimed at the theatre, contemporary dance, jazz and presenting fields. Grants happen in three main areas: commissioning and distribution of new works; building strong arts organizations; and supporting national arts organizations.

During 13 seasons, Cameron has been a panelist on the opera quiz during the Live from the Metropolitan radio broadcasts from New York. He has also served as a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee.

What others say

“Ben Cameron is one of the most articulate proponents and supporters of the performing arts.” — pamsterling, YouTube

Ben Cameron’s TED talks

Quotes from Ben Cameron

[We now have] expectations of personalization and customization that the live performing arts — which have set curtain times, set venues, attendant inconveniences of travel, parking and the like — simply cannot meet.
Ben Cameron
TEDxYYC • 417K views Sep 2010
Inspiring, Persuasive
All of us are engaged in a seismic, fundamental realignment of culture and communications, a realignment that is shaking and decimating the newspaper industry, the magazine industry, the book and publishing industry and more.
Ben Cameron
TEDxYYC • 417K views Sep 2010
Inspiring, Persuasive
The arts, whatever they do, whenever they call us together, invite us to look at our fellow human being with generosity and curiosity.
Ben Cameron
TEDxYYC • 417K views Sep 2010
Inspiring, Persuasive