FY13 NEA Grants to Orchestras

April 24, 2013, Washington, D.C. - The National Endowment for the Arts awarded 100 grants to orchestras through the Grants for Arts Projects categories in FY2013, totaling $2,741,500. Awards to all arts disciplines through the NEA’s largest grant categories – Art Works and Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants – numbered 1,802 and totaled $51.13 million.

In addition to the grants awarded through the Grants for Arts Projects categories, FY2013 funding supports the following:

  • Congress requires that 40% of NEA grant funds be made available directly to the states; Partnership Grants to state and regional arts agencies will be announced later this Spring. Orchestras, in turn, benefit from grants at the state and local level.
  • Beginning with this FY13 funding year and hereafter, support for Arts in Media is now embedded within Art Works within the Media Arts discipline. This support included grants to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s totaling $175,000.
  • The NEA awarded $350,000 in Research Grants, including a $15,000 grant to the League of American Orchestras to support a study of the financial and operational trends and community engagement patterns of American orchestras covering a ten-year period.
  • The NEA provided $1 million for Creative Writing Fellowships in FY2013.
  • Additional FY2013 grants include awards for National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards and the NEA also allocates funds to national initiatives, such as Our Town, the Big Read, Poetry Out Loud, and other programs. Complete information about NEA national initiatives is available on the NEA website.

Below is a 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 website, arts.gov.