Grand Wailea

A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Official Hotel Partner of the 2018 Maui Songwriters Festival


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Support for the Foundation comes primarily from BMI- affiliated songwriters, composers, and publishers, BMI employees, and members of the public with a special interest in music. Many donors have chosen to contribute to the Foundation in the spirit of "giving back" to the field of music, which they feel has been generous to them. Because all members of the Foundation's staff and the distinguished members of the Advisory Panel serve without compensation, over 91% of all donations and investment income is available for charitable grants. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Throughout the year, the Foundation works to administer various scholarship competitions, awards, fellowships and commissions. The final selections for these programs are entrusted to panels made up of some of the world's most distinguished artists and musicians, all of whom volunteer their time and knowledge. The focus of these programs is on American music; however, there are several opportunities open to international students.

The Foundation also awards grants on an annual basis to nonprofit music and arts organizations around the country. The Foundation's Advisory Panel reviews and makes recommendations for these awards, which range from the support of classical music groups specializing in contemporary works, to musical theatre programs for inner-city youth, to programs designed to preserve and continue such indigenous American music.


The late Dorvin Leis and his widow, Betty Leis,  have been major donors for various charities for over 40 years. They formed Dorvin and Betty Leis Charities, Inc., to allow their philanthropy to continue. The charity will provide assistance to activities including, relief of underprivileged people, advancement of education and the arts, contributions for the benefit of medical establishments, contributions for the benefit of community activities and development.  The corporation will provide for the organized solicitation and collection for distributions through gifts, grants and agreement to nonprofit charitable, education and youth organizations that provide direct human health and welfare services primarily in Hawaii and the Dallas Fort Worth Area of Texas.


Maui Arts & Cultural Center ("The MACC")  is a gathering place where the community can celebrate creativity through personal and shared experiences of the arts. Our programs seek to engage and inspire all ages, nurturing excellence through the arts. 

The MACC is a world-class facility where popular and innovative performing artists can be enjoyed ... connecting our community to the world. It is also a place for the community to perform: a multi-disciplinary complex offering multiple venues, a dance studio, meeting rooms and classroom space. 

The MACC is an educational resource, serving all ages from pre-school to adult, enhancing arts education in schools and through professional development for teachers.

The MACC is an exhibit space for visual artists from Hawai‘i, North America and beyond.

The MACC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by people in the community - like YOU!