FY14 NEA Grants to Orchestras

April 22, 2014, Washington, D.C. – The National Endowment for the Arts awarded 116 grants to orchestras through the Grants for Arts Projects categories in FY2014, totaling $2,891,500. Awards to all arts disciplines through the NEA’s largest grant categories – Art Works and Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants – numbered 1,911 and totaled $50,700,000 million.

In addition to the grants awarded through the Grants for Arts Projects categories, FY2014 funding supports the following:

  • Congress requires that 40% of NEA grant funds be made available directly to the states; Partnership Grants to state and regional arts agencies will be announced later this Spring. Orchestras, in turn, benefit from grants at the state and local level.
  • Support for Arts in Media, which has been embedded within the Art Works: Media Arts discipline, included grants to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony totaling $295,000.
  • The NEA awarded $330,000 in Research Grants in FY2014.
  • The NEA provided $950,000 for Creative Writing Fellowships in FY2014.
  • Additional FY2014 grants include awards for National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards and the NEA also allocates funds to national initiatives, such as Our Town, the Big Read, Poetry Out Loud, and other programs. Complete information about NEA national initiatives is available on the NEA website.

Below is a list of grants to orchestras and for programs related to the orchestra field. Complete lists of grant amounts and project descriptions for awards in all disciplines and categories may be found on the NEA website, arts.gov