FY19 NEA Grants to Orchestras

NEA’S First Round of FY19 Grants Support Orchestral Concerts and Community Programming

February 14, 2019, Washington, D.C. - Sixty orchestras will bring live music, instrumental music instruction for young students, commissions of new works, and various engagement programs to their communities with the support of Art Works (Part 1) and Challenge America grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the first round of major grant funding in the 2019 fiscal year. Direct grants from the NEA are a crucial form of support for many community-based arts organizations, enabling grantees to leverage additional financial support from state, local, and private sources far surpassing the 1:1 nonfederal fund-matching requirement.

Forty-five Art Works grants totaling $1,342,500 have been awarded to orchestra projects directly for the purpose of presenting festivals, premieres of works by contemporary composers, music composition programs for youth, professional and pre-professional training for young musicians, and increasing public access to and engagement with live orchestral music. Additionally, numerous grants will support related projects, festivals, competitions, and training programs.

The NEA also awarded $150,000 in FY19 Challenge America support, which will allow fifteen orchestras to extend 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.

Deadlines for FY20 grant applications have been posted, and the League's customized tips are 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.