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$1.7 Million in NEA Grants Help Orchestras Across the U.S. Increase Access To Classical Music

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NEA FY13 Art Works (Part One) and Challenge America Grants Highlight Orchestras’ Innovative Programs, Including:

  • Workshops and Concerts for Economically Disadvantaged Children
  • Concerts for Adults with Disabilities and the Elderly
  • The Use of Technology to Engage New Audiences
  • Culturally-Aware Repertoire in the Concert Hall
  • Community-Based Concerts and Activities

New York, NY (January 3, 2012) – Recently announced National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works (Part One) and Challenge America grants totaling nearly $1.7 million focus on upcoming programs that orchestras have created to increase access for underserved populations and engage new audiences.

These orchestra programs vary widely, from educational or engagement initiatives for economically disadvantaged children, the disabled or the elderly; to the use of technology or culturally-aware programming in and out of the concert hall to reach a wider audience.

“NEA grants enable orchestras to better serve their communities with music,” said League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen, “both by supporting these innovative projects and by stimulating giving from other sources like private foundations, corporations, and individual contributors.”  

The full list of FY13 Art Works (Part One) and Challenge America grants, with project descriptions, can be found here.

Orchestras of all budget sizes across the country were awarded the grants, which were in the amount of $10,000 to $100,000 (all Challenge America grants were in the amount of $10,000, while Art Works (Part One) grants varied in amount).  Art Works (Part One) grants totaled $1,450,000 for 42 distinct orchestra projects while Challenge America grants totaled $240,000 for 24 orchestra projects.  Future FY13 grants will be announced for Art Works (Part Two) in 2013.

A sampling of innovative orchestral programs funded by these NEA grants include:

  • The Texas premiere in November 2013 (date tba) of a new concerto for electric violin composed by Kenji Bunch and featuring Youth Orchestra of San Antonio and soloist Tracy Silverman.  Both Bunch and Silverman will lead free workshops for economically disadvantaged youth in elementary, middle and high schools; young string players who participate in the Orchestra’s free, daily after-school music program and their families will also receive complimentary tickets to the concert.
  • A National Philharmonic Orchestra concert on March 2, 2013 featuring violinist Elena Urioste, who will also provide master classes for students at William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts, in Washington DC’s Ward Five.
  • Concerts for a variety of populations, including adults with disabilities and elementary students, by the Adrian Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), as well as a free rehearsal open to the public in advance of the orchestra’s all-Beethoven concert on April 20, 2013.
  • A series of performances by Great Falls Symphony and percussionist Evelyn Glennie, including a program for residents at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, an open rehearsal for university and high school students, workshops at high schools, and a concert on April 27, 2013.
  • Multimedia effects such as visual projections and installations will be featured in concerts given by San Francisco Symphony (Beethoven’s Missa solemnis on May 10 and 11, 2013), Erie Philharmonic (a birthday tribute to Wagner on January 26, 2013, with images from Western Pennsylvania graphic novelists projected above the orchestra), and Mid Texas Symphony (a multimedia performance of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Holst’s The Planets, including a slideshow of planet photography assembled by an astrophysicist – date tba).
  • A concert on March 8, 2013 to include spirituals sung by Kathleen Battle and featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Michael Morgan.  The event marks several anniversaries - the founding of American Anti-Slavery Society and Abolitionist Movement (1833), the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), and the passing of Harriet Tubman (1913).
  • Separate concert series in Brooklyn, NY’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood  and Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood, organized by the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra.  The Brooklyn Philharmonic received support for a concert at a local library, a family workshop, and in-school music education residencies, while the National Symphony Orchestra will have a two-week residency with two full-orchestra concerts, small ensemble concerts, education activities and more.

The full list of FY13 Art Works (Part One) and Challenge America grants, with project descriptions, can be found here.

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 800 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org.

22 Innovative Orchestra/Community Partnership Programs to Receive Getty Education and Community Investment Grants from League of American Orchestras

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Unique Re-Granting Program from Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation Highlights Orchestras’ Response to Community Needs through Educational, Health and Wellness, Social Service, and Neighborhood Residency Programs

New York, NY (November 27, 2012) – Reflecting a growing commitment on the part of America’s orchestras to increase their relevance to their communities, 22 innovative orchestra educational and community partnership programs from across the United States have been selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive first-year Getty Education and Community Investment Grants.

“More and more orchestras all over the country are finding innovative ways to help address community needs through music,” said League President and CEO Jesse Rosen.  “The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation’s commitment to encourage these important   educational and community engagement programs is a great boost to orchestras’ ability to provide community relevance beyond the concert hall,” he commented.

A list detailing each grantee program can be found here.

A prerequisite for qualifying orchestras was the existence of partnerships with local cultural and/or community organizations, such as schools or social service providers.  This year’s grants, part of a new three-year, $1.5 million re-granting program from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, will fund both new and established innovative programs including: long-term in-school partnerships and afterschool programs; health and wellness initiatives in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes; and programs for the underserved and underprivileged, including incarcerated youth. 

A total of $425,000 was awarded for the first year grants, with individual grant amounts ranging from $14,500 to $37,500 per orchestra. 45% of the grants were awarded to educational programs, 43% to health and wellness programs, and 12% to those serving other populations. 

Applicants for the grants came from every orchestra budget group.  The initial 204 applicants were narrowed by an independent advisory panel to 44 semi-finalists; all were then judged on six criteria:  the degree of innovation and relevance to community needs; the orchestra’s capacity to deliver; appropriateness to mission and community; appropriateness and strength of partnership(s); ability to assess outcomes; and professional development for musicians and staff.

The recipients for 2012-13 are: 

Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, California Symphony Orchestra, The Central Ohio Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony Association, Pacific Symphony, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, Sphinx Virtuosi, and St. Louis Symphony (further details here). 

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of approximately 800 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards.  Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments.  Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners.  Visit americanorchestras.org to learn more.

North American Orchestras Will Perform 165 Premieres in 2012-2013

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Notable Focal Points This Season Include:

  • Community Celebrations & Ties
  • Commissioning Consortiums and Partnerships
  • Female Composers
  • Ethnic Diversity
  • Alternative Concert Formats

New York, NY (November 7, 2012) – In the 2012-13 season, North American orchestras are performing premieres of 165 compositions by 150 composers, according to the League’s newly published Premieres List.  Of these works, 127 are world premieres, 27 are U.S. premieres and 11 are Canadian premieres.  25% of the premieres are directly connected to community celebrations or partnerships.

“Even in challenging times, orchestras continue to champion the work of the present day. And they are clearly embracing closer ties to community priorities in addition to artistic goals,” said League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen.

Notable trends this season include:

  • Community celebrations and collaborations:  25% of this season’s premieres are prompted by local ties and connections:  city celebrations and anniversaries, cultural partnerships or local composers with a relationship to the community
  • Commissioning consortiums and partnerships:  15% of this season’s premieres are the result of funding partnerships between orchestras, presenters or cultural organizations
  • Female composers:  14% of this season’s premieres are composed by women.
  • Ethnic diversity:  10% of this season’s premieres represent composers whose backgrounds include influences beyond Western Europe.  
  • Alternative formats:  10% of this season’s premieres will be programmed in alternative casual concerts aimed at attracting younger or new audiences or will include after-concert parties

Living composers who will have more than one work premiered include:

John Luther Adams
Mason Bates
Daniel Bjarnason
Unsuk Chin
Anna Clyne
Michael Daugherty
Gabriela Lena Frank
Peter Lieberson
Tod Machover
Steven Mackey
Michael Oesterle
Matthias Pintscher
Christopher Rouse,
Kaija Saariaho
Sean Shephard
Augusta Read Thomas
Wayne Shorter


A detailed fact sheet analyzing these trends can be found here.

The complete Symphony Premieres Listing can be found here:

By orchestra     By composer

Each summer, Symphony, the magazine of the League of American Orchestras, compiles a list of world, U.S., and Canadian premieres scheduled for the upcoming season. The list includes names of the works, the orchestras premiering them, scheduled premiere dates, conductors, commissioning parties, and soloists. Titles and names not provided by the orchestras in the survey are designated TBA. The list is compiled based on responses to a League of American Orchestras survey and is not meant to be comprehensive. 

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of approximately 800 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org.

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