Amplify Arts is honored to award the Drew Billings Artist Support Grant each year. This award was established in 2009, and originally disbursed by the Drew Billings Foundation, established by Jill Van Horn, Ben Beck, Jonathan Purcell, and Jonathan Tvrdik.



The purpose of the award is to continue Drew Billing’s legacy of selfless devotion to the creative community and promote innovative artistic expression and the creative process by encouraging and supporting local independent performing artists.

This is a $5,000 unrestricted award to support a performance-based individual artist, collaborative group, collective, or duo, including but not limited to theater, music, sound, dance, movement, film, and spoken word.


  • innovative artistic expression

  • the pursuit of communal good will

  • revolutionized forms of traditional artistry and sound management

  • potential of the grant to impact future work and advance artistic career goals


Drew Phillip Billings, 1983-2009
Beloved son and dearest friend.

On September 11th, 2009, we lost a truly unique and utterly sweet spirit. Drew was deeply loved and cherished by those close to him and admired by all lucky enough to have known or worked with him. He celebrated and lived life in a manner paralleled by few, immersing himself in the worlds of film, theater, music, business management, and scholastics.

Drew Billings devoted his life to the arts and surrounded himself with people and projects that were close to his heart. Drew passionately gave his all and constantly looked forward to progression. He spent the last two years of his life actively seeking financing for films he loved so he could see their creation and revel in his accomplishments.


Applications for the 2020 Drew Billings Artist Support Grant will open in January 2020.


To inquire about how you can support the legacy of Drew Billings, please contact Andy Saladino at andy@amplifyarts.org.