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American Orchestras’ Futures Fund


Made Possible by the
Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation 

NOTE:
The application process for 2019 is
currently open for League members in Groups 1–4.

See the Proposal Guidelines Here

Member orchestras can verify their
group designation on the League website here.


Overview

The American Orchestras’ Futures Fund is a competitive grants program designed to advance the innovative work of United States-based member orchestras of the League of American Orchestras.

Made possible through the generous support of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation and administered by the League, the Futures Fund empowers orchestras to develop new and experimental initiatives that will advance the field. Approximately $1.5 million will be available for grants annually.

A Focus on Innovation

The goal of the Futures Fund is to cultivate a culture of learning and innovation in orchestras of all sizes, composition, and locations. Toward this end, the Futures Fund offers two-year grants to a select number of orchestras that are making investments in incubating innovation and exploring new ways of working that demonstrate impact within the organization and its audiences and communities.

To foster learning and innovation across the orchestra field, the League will collaborate with the grantees to document and share their approaches, practices, discoveries, and results.

The League of American Orchestras recognizes that many orchestras today are engaged in experimental work and seeks to further these efforts through the Futures Fund. The Futures Fund welcomes applications that represent concerted efforts to:

  • Experiment with multi-media and new technologies inside or outside the concert hall in order to engage with audiences in virtual and digital realms;
  • Address new organizational models that explore alternatives to traditional operating models, offer new leadership structures, and redefine relationships among organizational stakeholders;
  • Craft programs on or off the stage that respond to and reflect their communities and the key issues they face;
  • Expand the orchestra’s role in society through cross-sector collaborations that address important social issues;
  • Increase participation and deepen engagement in music by racially, ethnically, and economically diverse communities;
  • Research the reasons people attend, or don’t attend, concerts, and tailor offerings to support multiple and distinct audience segments;
  • Pursue new strands of community service, such as cross-cultural creative partnerships, lifelong learning, or health and wellness programming;
  • Develop new ways to advance classical music through forms of performance, concert experiences, and artistic partnerships; and
  • Pursue other initiatives that result in organizational learning and innovation.

Selection and Eligibility

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis by independent, arms-length panels. All current League Members in Groups 1-4 in good standing will be eligible to apply.

For More Information

Applicants may request a 15-minute individual consultation call with Nick Pozek, Manager, Learning and Leadership Programs for the League of American Orchestras. Follow this link to schedule your call. Appointments are available between November 7 and December 2.