NEA Announces First Round of FY15 Grants

December 3, 2014

Grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will expand the capacity of 59 orchestras serving their communities in the coming year. The NEA's Art Works grants to orchestras encourage and increase access to music in communities throughout the country. In addition to providing direct funding, NEA awards, which require a minimum one-to-one match of federal funds, stimulate on average a return of at least nine dollars to one from other state, local, and private sources.

The NEA's first round of FY15 Art Works grants include 42 direct awards to orchestras totaling $1,460,000, as well as numerous grants for related projects. Grantees will be presenting and offering new commissions, premieres, pre-concert lectures, workshops, and collaborations with various local organizations. Several grants will aid in training and development for emerging musicians and composers.

The NEA also awarded $170,000 in FY15 Challenge America grants to 17 orchestras, which will strengthen their work in bringing music, educational programming, and lecture-demonstrations to underserved youth and adults. Supported projects include concerts and programming for geographically isolated communities, workshops and free lessons for students, and a variety of free programming and tickets for economically disadvantaged residents.

Future FY15 grants will be announced for Art Works (Part Two) in the spring. Deadlines and guidelines for FY16 grant applications are expected in January.

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. 

View Complete Orchestra Project Descriptions