FY04 NEA Grants to Orchestras

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded 97 grants to orchestras through the Grants for Arts Projects categories in FY2004, totaling $2,898,500. Awards to all arts disciplines through the categories of Creativity, Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth, Challenge America: Access to the Arts, and Heritage & Preservation, numbered 1,675 and totaled $39.7 million.

Congress appropriated $121 million to the NEA in FY2004. In addition to the grants awarded through the categories of Creativity, Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth, Challenge America: Access to the Arts, and Heritage & Preservation, FY2004 awards include the following:

  • In October of 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts announced a special initiative, Challenge America: Reaching Every Community, to help fulfill its mission of funding projects of artistic excellence across the entire country. Grants were awarded through a comprehensive selection process that included a thorough examination of the NEA s grant distribution and identification of underserved areas. Each grant is for $10,000. A total of 128 grants were awarded in 34 states to support projects in dance, design, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, and visual arts. The Challenge America: Reaching Every Community program included 54 awards to orchestras.
  • Congress requires that 40% of NEA grant funds be made available directly to the states; $41.3 million has been awarded through Partnership Agreements to state and regional arts agencies. Orchestras, in turn, benefit from grants at the state and local level.
  • The Services to Arts Organizations and Artists category, which funds projects that provide support for broad constituencies of artists and arts organizations, included a $140,000 grant to the American Symphony Orchestra League, a $25,000 grant to the American Composers Forum, and a $25,000 grant to the American Music Center.
  • Support for Arts in Radio & Television totaled $3.86 million and included a $250,000 grant to the San Francisco Symphony. Other awards for Arts on Radio & Television related to the orchestra field included grants to support public radio programs From the Top, Performance Today, and St. Paul Sunday.
  • $2 million has been awarded for Leadership Initiatives, including a $150,000 grant to Meet the Composer for a project supporting the creation and performance of new American works.
  • FY2004 grants for Save America's Treasures, a partnership of the NEA, the National Park Service, and other federal agencies, will be announced later this year. Grants support preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts.
  • FY2004 funds support Literary Fellowships and Folks Arts Infrastructure.
  • NEA funds are also allocated to national initiatives, including Shakespeare in American Communities, NEA Jazz Masters, and Operation Homecoming.

Click on the following links to see lists of grants to orchestras and parent organizations of orchestras. Grants for programs related to the orchestra field are also included. Complete lists of grant amounts and project descriptions for awards in all disciplines and categories may be found on the NEA web site.