First NEA FY12 Grants to Orchestras Announced - (November, 28, 2011)

November 28, 2011, Washington, D.C. - Grants awarded to orchestras by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) provide vital funding support for projects that encourage and increase access to music in communities nationwide. The first FY12 NEA grant awards in the agency’s new funding category, Art Works, were announced on November 17. In addition to supporting local projects directly, NEA funding stimulates crucial giving from other sources like private foundations, corporations, and individual contributors.

Art Works (Part One) grants totaling $1,252,500 will enable 39 distinct orchestra projects to support arts education through student composition training, ensemble learning, specialized coaching, and intensive workshops for inner-city musicians; foster lifelong learning through educational activities, mentorship programs, workshops, master classes, and musician professional development; create new work through commissions and artist residencies; and engage the public through concerts, orchestra tours, and music festivals in communities throughout the country.

Future FY12 grants will be announced for Art Works (Part Two) and Challenge America 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

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