FY01 NEA Grants to Orchestras

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded 90 grants to orchestras through the major grant categories in FY2001, totaling $2,455,500. Awards to all arts disciplines through the categories of Creativity (announced in January), Education, Access, and Heritage & Preservation (announced in April), numbered 1,393 and totaled $30.1 million.

Of the $104.8 million appropriated to the NEA in FY2001, $86.2 million were available for grantmaking purposes. In addition to the grants awarded through the categories of Education, Access, Heritage & Preservation, and Creativity, FY2001 awards include the following:

  • Congress requires that 40% of NEA grant funds be made available directly to the states; $35.9 million has been awarded through Partnership Agreements to state and regional arts agencies.
  • The $7 million increase in FY2001 NEA funding, approved by Congress in October 2000, is dedicated to the Challenge America initiative. In addition to a 40 percent allocation to state arts agencies, the Challenge America grant program will award approximately 400 grants of $5,000 or $10,000, to be announced later this year.
  • The Organizational Capacity 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.
  • Support for Arts on Radio and Television totaled $3 million and, among other awards, included grants to support public radio programs From the Top and Performance Today.
  • $2.4 million has been awarded for Leadership Initiatives, including a $150,000 award to the National Symphony Orchestra.
  • Creative Communities, a new NEA initiative developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, included a $135,000 grant to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • $800,000 has been distributed for Literary Fellowships.

Click on the following links to see FY2001 NEA grants to orchestras and parent organizations of orchestras. Grants for programs related to the orchestra field are also included.