American Orchestras’ Futures Fund
Made possible by the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation
Applications are now open for League member orchestras in groups 5-8 and youth orchestras.
Letters of intent are due August 31, 2017.
Across the country, orchestras are vigorously engaged in groundbreaking work, embracing opportunities presented by the current environment. To support this innovative work, the League of American Orchestras is thrilled to announce the American Orchestras' Futures Fund, made possible through the generous support of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation and administered by the League.
This exciting $4.5 million grants program (with $3 million in grants in the first cycle) will support a select number of orchestras that are making significant investments in organizational learning and innovation. Two-year grants will be available for new or ongoing work that demonstrates an impact on the organization, and on its audiences and communities. U.S.-based adult and youth orchestras that are members of the League are eligible to apply.
In October 2016, larger-budget League member orchestras (Groups 1-4) applied for grants for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons. In the summer of 2017, smaller-budget orchestras (Groups 5-8) and youth orchestras may apply for grants for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.
Judging and Eligibility
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis reviewed by independent, arms-length panels. U.S.-based adult and youth orchestras that are members of the League are eligible to apply. (And orchestras can join now to become eligible) Follow the link above for full program description and proposal guidelines.
Background on Earlier Grants Programs
In May 2016, the League notified members of changes in the grantmaking process for funds for orchestras that have originated with the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. These changes affect orchestras that received grants directly from the Foundation as well as those that received grants through the League's re-granting program, the Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program.
The American Orchestras' Futures Fund replaces and builds on these earlier Getty-funded and League-sponsored grants. The Getty Foundation's generous support of the new Futures Fund allows the League to grant larger and longer-term grants than those previously available through the League's Getty Education and Community Investment program.
The Foundation independently made this decision to redirect most of its support to orchestras through the League, based on the success of our Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program. The League worked with an advisory group of managers from member orchestras as well as experienced grantmakers to design this new program that is consistent with the Foundation's priorities. The League's Managers Advisory Committee also reviewed and supported a draft program design.
Calendar 2016 will be the last year that 1) Getty will make grants directly to orchestras and 2) that the League will administer the Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program.
For More Information
Congratulations to the 21 large- and medium-budget orchestras receiving grants!
Find the press announcement and descriptions of the award-winning initiatives here.