FY02 NEA Grants to Orchestras

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded 81 grants to orchestras through the Grants to Organizations categories in FY2002, totaling $2,510,500. Awards to all arts disciplines through the categories of Creativity (announced in December, 2001), Arts Learning, Access, and Heritage & Preservation (announced in April 2002), numbered 1,343 and totaled $30.3 million.

Of the $115.2 million appropriated to the NEA in FY2002, $95.8 million were available for grantmaking purposes. In addition to the grants awarded through the categories of Education, Access, Heritage & Preservation, and Creativity, FY2002 awards include the following:

  • Congress requires that 40% of NEA grant funds be made available directly to the states; $39.6 million has been awarded through Partnership Agreements to state and regional arts agencies.
  • The $10 million increase in FY2002 NEA funding, approved by Congress in 2001, was dedicated to the Challenge America initiative, increasing the initiative's total allocation to $17 million. In addition to a 40 percent allocation to state arts agencies, the FY02 Challenge America grant program has awarded 60 Arts Access grants to organizations, totaling $2,332,000. Orchestras received four Arts Access grants, totaling $185,000.
  • 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 and a $25,000 grant to the American Music Center.
  • Support for Arts on Radio and Television totaled $3.8 million and included a $60,000 grant to the New York Philharmonic. Other awards related to the orchestra field included grants to support public radio programs From the Top and Performance Today.
  • $1.3 million has been awarded for Leadership Initiatives. A $250,000 FY02 Leadership grant supports the American Symphony Orchestra League's development and implementation of a national program that develops conducting talent at the early professional stage, through residencies and mentorships with American orchestras and their music directors.
  • $820,000 has been distributed for Literary Fellowships.

Click on the following links to see FY2002 NEA 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.