FY03 NEA Grants to Orchestras

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded 87 grants to orchestras through the Grants to Organizations categories in FY2003, totaling $2,953,500. Awards to all arts disciplines through the categories of Creativity (announced in December 2002), Arts Learning, Access, and Heritage & Preservation (announced in May 2003), numbered 1,540 and totaled $41.2 million.

Of the $115.7 million appropriated to the NEA in FY2003, $97.4 million were available for grantmaking purposes. In addition to the grants awarded through the categories of Access, Arts Learning, Creativity, and Heritage & Preservation, FY2003 awards include the following:

  • On September 15, 2003, the National Endowment for the Arts announced a new one-time funding initiative providing grants to 25 orchestras in communities traditionally underserved by the NEA. League board Chair Lou Mason joined NEA Chairman Dana Gioia and U.S. Representative Ander Crenshaw in announcing the awards at a press event in Florida, hosted by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Each grant is for $10,000 to support projects including concerts, education activities, and community events. These awards are in addition to nearly $3 million in NEA grants awarded to orchestras in FY2003. The list of grant recipients is available from the NEA.
  • Congress requires that 40% of NEA grant funds be made available directly to the states; $39.7 million has been awarded through Partnership Agreements to state and regional arts agencies.
  • 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 $40,000 grant to the American Composers Forum.
  • Support for Arts on Radio & TV totaled $3.85 million and included a $55,000 grant to the New York Philharmonic and a $200,000 grant to the San Francisco Symphony. Other awards for Arts on Radio & TV related to the orchestra field included grants to support public radio programs From the Top, Performance Today, and St. Paul Sunday.
  • $1.9 million has been awarded for Leadership Initiatives, including a $500,000 grant to Minnesota Public Radio for a project aimed at developing the next generation of classical music programming for public radio.
  • Grants totaling $1.6 million for Save America's Treasures, a partnership of the NEA, the National Park Service, and other federal agencies, were announced in December 2002. Grants support preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts. A second round of FY03 Save America's Treasures grants will be announced in September 2003.
  • 900,000 has been distributed for Literary Fellowships. Forty-three grants totaling $1,241,000 were awarded for Folk Arts Infrastructure.

Click on the following links to see FY2003 NEA grants to 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.