NEA FY12 Challenge America Grants to Orchestras Announced - (December 12, 2011)

More FY12 NEA Grants to Orchestras Announced

December 12, 2011, Washington, D.C. - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced its first round of FY12 grants to organizations in the Art Works category, and on December 6, the NEA announced the grant recipients in the category of Challenge America Fast-Track Review. Funding from the NEA provides vital support to encourage and increase access to music in communities nationwide.

Challenge America Fast-Track grants of $10,000 each will support orchestras in sixteen communities as they provide performances, open rehearsals, high school workshops, master classes, special student presentations, and work with local community partners to serve public schools and assisted-living communities. Challenge America grants help orchestras to bring the experience of the arts to underserved populations limited by geography, demographics, economics, or disability.

The remaining FY12 grants for Art Works (Part Two) will be announced in the spring of 2012.

The League has compiled the project descriptions for grants to orchestras and grants related to the orchestra field. Complete lists of grant amounts and project descriptions for awards in all disciplines may be found on the NEA web site.

View Orchestra Project Descriptions

FY13 NEA Grant Deadlines Announced; Updated Guidelines Expected in January

The NEA has set the deadlines for FY13 Grants for Arts Projects, the Endowment's major support category for organizations. As a reminder, the Access to Artistic Excellence and Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth categories have been replaced with the funding category called Art Works, with sub-categories of Creation, Engagement, Livability, and Learning.

  • Art Works, Part 1: March 8, 2012
  • Art Works, Part 2: August 9, 2012
  • Challenge America Fast-Track: May 24, 2012

In January, the NEA will release guidelines for applying for FY13 Grants and the League will provide updated guidance specific to orchestras on our Tips for your application page.

Orchestras may also be interested in exploring opportunities for Our Town funding, which supports creative placemaking projects in which communities collaborate with their arts and design organizations and artists to enhance community vibrancy in a variety of ways. Grants will range from $25,000 to $150,000, with applications due Thursday, March 1, 2012. Please visit the NEA website for complete guidelines about Our Town.

Stay Tuned for Updated Tips for Preparing Your FY13 NEA Grant Application 


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