Duke Ellington/DESA

Washington, DC • Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Duke Ellington/DESA
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Duke Ellington/DESA


Duke Ellington/DESA is a nonprofit. With $1.7m in revenue and 4 employees, it is a mid-sized organization. Founded in 1979, Duke Ellington/DESA is headquartered in Washington, DC. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $1.8m.

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Duke Ellington/DESA


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Mission and Work


To sponsor, maintain and financially support the various programs and activities of the duke ellington school of the arts, including curriculum programs, student support functions, art and academic disciplines and courses, productions, exhibits, concerts, workshops and educational seminars, and to provide scholarship assistance to graduates of the duke ellington school in pursuit of college or professional careers.

Arts and Academic Programming

$1.1m annual program spend • This consists of instructional programs and supplies for school programs which include dance, drama, music, visual, media, literary arts, and museum studies.


$70k annual program spend • Scholarships are awarded to seniors who will matriculate to post-secondary education. Students submit a written statement of achievements, goals & reasons for applying. The scholarship committee chooses recipients.

From Duke Ellington/DESA's website

In their words

Starting young, learning in a disciplined yet improvisational manner, flourishing in a tough world, developing a lifelong network of fruitful relationships—all these accomplishments are represented in the life of the composer, bandleader, and Washington, D.C. native, Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington. His are the qualities we have worked to instill in graduates since the Duke Ellington School of the Arts was founded over forty years ago. We do so by guiding 9th to 12th grade students through a full academic course of study and an arts major: Dance, Literary Media and Communications, Museum Studies, Instrumental or Vocal Music, Theatre, Technical Design and Production, or Visual Arts.

Exemplary Schools

Arts School Network is committed to its mission: to promote excellence in arts education by supporting and recognizing students, leaders, educators, schools, institutions, and organizations. It support our four core areas including best practices, college and career pathways, elementary and middle school arts, and leadership. Members represent art leaders, schools, and organizations from around the world.

Exemplary School designation is issued to individual schools in recognition of excellence in their efforts to evaluate strategically their purpose, operations, and educational programs.

US News Best High Schools 2013 – Silver

Duke Ellington School of the Arts was recognized by US News as one of the top schools in the nation and #3 best school in the District of Columbia!

Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

The Ellington Fund was selected for inclusion in the 2015-2016 Catalogue for Philanthropy. Participants in the Catalogue pass a rigorous review process and are recognized as some of the best community-based charities in the Washington, DC region. Visit the Catalogue website to learn more:

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Duke Ellington/DESA

Washington, DCDuke Ellington School of the Arts
2 grant(s) totaling $2.0m

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