First FY10 NEA Grants to Orchestras Announced - (December 15, 2009)

Washington, D.C. - Grants awarded to orchestras by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) provide critical funding for projects that increase access to music in communities nationwide. The first FY10 NEA grant awards were announced on December 8 through the Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast Track Review and Access to Artistic Excellence grant categories. NEA funding both directly supports local projects and also spurs critical giving from other sources like private foundations, corporations, and individual contributors.

Orchestras in 14 communities will provide performances, workshops, festivals and master classes with the support of $10,000 grants recently awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Challenge America grants will help orchestras bring the experience of the arts to underserved populations limited by geography, demographics, economics, or disability.

Access to Artistic Excellence (Part One) grants totaling $1,471,500 will allow 52 distinct orchestra projects to provide educational activities, concerts, premieres, festivals, podcasts, radio broadcasts, orchestra tours, professional development, and residencies in communities across the country.

Future FY10 grants will be announced in the categories of Learning in the Arts for Children & Youth and Access to Artistic Excellence Part Two.

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

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