Latest NEA Grants Support Orchestra Educational Programming, Community Engagement and More

May 18, 2015

2nd Round FY15 NEA Grants Support Orchestra Educational Programming, Community Engagement, and More

Communities throughout the nation will be engaging with orchestral music, supported by Art Works grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA’s second round of FY15 Art Works support includes 43 direct grants to orchestras totaling $1,062,500, as well as numerous grants for related projects. Grantees will offer training programs for student musicians and school teachers, free concerts, family programming, artist residencies, new commissions, premieres, national and regional tours, broadcasts and digital archiving, and collaborations with local organizations. 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 League submits written testimony to Congress in support of NEA funding every year, provides orchestras with customized tips for applying for an NEA grant, and complies the project descriptions for grants awarded to orchestras and projects related to the orchestra field. Complete lists of grant amounts and project descriptions for awards in all disciplines may be found on the NEA website in a state-by-state listing or a discipline/field listing. In addition, the NEA maintains an online grant search system which allows members of the public to search all of the NEA's grants since 2000 using a variety of attributes to customize search results.

View Orchestra Project Descriptions

FY16 NEA Grant Application Deadline

The NEA’s next application deadline is July 23, 2015 for Art Works, Part 2 (FY16 support). Members attending the League’s national Conference this May have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an NEA music specialist to discuss the grant process. Appointments have already been filled at this point, but Conference attendees can check at the League’s Registration area for last minute availability due to possible on-site cancelations. Prospective applicants are always welcome to consult one-on-one with music specialists throughout the year.

Read the League’s Tips for Orchestras Preparing an FY16 Application

Share Your Story: Help the NEA Celebrate 50 Years of the Arts!

This year is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. To mark the occasion, the NEA is welcoming stories from all corners of the country that tell how the arts have influenced your life or have inspired you in some way. Beginning September 29, the NEA will begin posting stories on its website. The NEA is currently accepting submissions of narratives, video, and/or audio.

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