FY14 NEA Grants to Orchestras Support Innovative Programming and Community Engagement

December 16, 2013

FY14 NEA Grants to Orchestras Support Innovative Programming and Community Engagement

More than 60 orchestras will serve their communities, and regions beyond, in innovative ways with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA’s Art Works grants to orchestras encourage and increase access to music in communities throughout the country. In addition to providing direct funding, NEA awards, which require a minimum one-to-one match of federal funds, stimulate on average a return of at least seven dollars to one from other state, local, and private sources.

The NEA’s first round of FY14 Art Works grants include 46 awards totaling $1,450,000 directly to orchestras, as well as numerous grants supporting related efforts. These projects include new commissions, premieres, residencies, instrument training programs for young musicians, pre-concert lectures, workshops, and collaborations with cultural organizations, social service organizations, and schools. Several grants will aid in the production of programs that juxtapose traditional and contemporary works, mix artistic genres, and draw inspiration from various cultural experiences.

The NEA also awarded $190,000 in FY14 Challenge America Fast-Track grants to 19 orchestras, which will strengthen their work in bringing music, educational programming, and lecture-demonstrations to underserved youth and adults. Supported projects include concerts and programming for students and adults with disabilities, senior citizens, geographically isolated communities.

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 website.

View Complete Orchestra Project Descriptions

Apply Now for 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is now accepting applications for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. With its $10,000 award for each winner, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program assists organizations, furthers knowledge, and encourages development of future programs.

After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by performing arts organizations, museums, libraries, educational institutions, arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to submit an application. Be sure to review all of the program's Eligibility Criteria and submit your application before the deadline of February 10, 2014.

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