In honor of General Director Nigel Redden, the Festival’s Board of Directors has established the Nigel Redden Emerging Artists Endowment Fund to ensure his unmatched dedication to young performing artists and newly commissioned works will live on for many years to come. Nigel has long valued the fresh perspectives of young artists and their ability to breathe new inspiration into traditional forms. Without their voices, the Festival would not be what it is today. Nigel has championed many young artists whose careers have been impacted by their time at Spoleto Festival USA, including Bill T. Jones, Shen Wei, Ayodele Casel, Huang Ruo, and Chen Shi-Zheng. This endowed fund will allow Nigel’s successor to invite up-and-coming performing artists to take part in the Festival each season. Though he may be retiring as general director, we hope Nigel’s impact on the Festival and most promising emerging members of the local, national, and international performing arts community will continue to endure through this fund.