The Catalyst Fund:
Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in American Orchestras
A Grant-making Program of the League of American Orchestras
Made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The League of American Orchestras has awarded grants to twenty-three U.S. orchestras to help deepen understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI); improve practice; and strengthen organizational culture. Ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 each, the one-year grants comprise the first round of The Catalyst Fund, the League’s new three-year, $2.1 million grant-making program made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
2019 Catalyst Fund Grant Recipients:
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Grand Rapids Symphony
Handel and Haydn Society
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
New Jersey Youth Symphony
New World Symphony
The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
San Francisco Symphony
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
About the Program:
The Catalyst Fund is a three-year pilot program of annual grants to adult and youth orchestras that aims to advance their understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and to foster effective EDI practices. The Catalyst Fund is supported by a three-year, $2.1 million grant to the League from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Orchestras are required to use the funds to support the costs of retaining a skilled EDI practitioner to advance EDI learning objectives. Grantees will be linked into a learning community that serves as a platform to share their learning, including a dedicated online forum as well as remote and in-person convenings, made possible by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.
League member orchestras were eligible to apply for Catalyst Fund grants; applications were reviewed by an independent panel of experts.
The Catalyst Fund is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support From the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.