FY09 NEA Grants to Orchestras


May 7, 2009, Washington, D.C. – The National Endowment for the Arts awarded 119 grants to orchestras through the Grants for Arts Projects categories in FY2009, totaling $2,838,500.  Awards to all arts disciplines through the NEA’s three largest grant categories – Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants, Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth, and Access to Artistic Excellence – numbered 1,889 and totaled $44.29 million.

Congress allotted $155 million in total funding for the NEA in FY2009.  In addition to the grants awarded through the Grants for Arts Projects categories, FY2009 funding supports the following:

  • Congress requires that 40% of NEA grant funds be made available directly to the states; $53,242,600 million has been awarded through Partnership Grants to state and regional arts agencies.  Orchestras, in turn, benefit from grants at the state and local level.
  • Support for Arts on Radio & Television included grants to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony totaling $195,000.
  • FY2009 grants for Save America’s Treasures, a partnership of the NEA, the National Parks Service, and other federal agencies totaled $10,520,000 and included a $65,105 grant to the Rosenthal Archives Collection which includes a collection documenting the history of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
  • The NEA provided $1.05 million for Literature Fellowships in Creative Writing in FY2009 and $200,000 in FY2009 support for Literature Fellowships in Translation.
  • Additional FY2009 grants include awards for Coming Up Taller and the National Heritage Fellowships.
  • NEA FY2009 funds are also allocated to national initiatives including the Big Read, Poetry Out Loud, Shakespeare in American Communities, NEA Jazz Masters, NEA Opera Honors, American Masterpieces, and NEA Arts Journalism Institutes.
  • As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the NEA gave 65 direct economic recovery grants to orchestras to preserve full and part-time administrative and artistic positions in jeopardy of being eliminated due to the struggling economy.

Below is a complete list 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, www.arts.endow.gov.