FY18 NEA Grants to Orchestras

NEA FY18 Grants Support Orchestral Concerts and Community Programming

Orchestras will present concerts, provide instrumental music instruction to young students, commission new works, and engage in community partnership programs this year with the support of 52 Art Works (Part 1) and Challenge America grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Direct grants from the NEA are a critical form of support for community-based arts organizations, not only in recognizing artistic excellence, but as a means of leveraging additional financial support from state, local, and private sources that value the rigorous and competitive NEA grant process.

Thirty-nine Art Works grants totaling $1,215,000 have been awarded to orchestra projects directly, which will create and present new and existing work, support lifelong learning in the arts, and increase public access to and engagement with live orchestral experiences. In addition to these direct grants, numerous grants have been awarded for related orchestral projects, music festivals, and training programs.

The NEA also awarded $130,000 in FY18 Challenge America support to thirteen orchestras extending the reach of their orchestral music, educational programming, and community engagement activities to youth and adults whose access to the arts are otherwise limited due to geography, economics, or disability.

Future FY18 grants will be announced for Art Works (Part Two) in the spring. Deadlines for FY19 grant applications have been posted, and the League's customized tips are now available for orchestras interested in applying for NEA support.

The League has compiled the project descriptions for grants to orchestras and grants related to the orchestra field. Complete lists of grant amounts and project descriptions for awards in all disciplines may be found on the NEA web site