FY16 NEA Grants to Orchestras Support Innovative Programming and Community Engagement

December 9, 2015

Orchestras Receive First Round of FY16 NEA Grant Support

Orchestras will serve their communities in the coming year with grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through 61 grants in the Art Works (Part 1) and Challenge America categories. In addition to providing direct funding, NEA awards stimulate on average a return of at least seven dollars from other state, local, and private sources.

The NEA's first round of FY16 Art Works grants - which focus on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts - includes 50 direct awards to orchestras totaling $1,567,000, as well as numerous grants for related projects. Several of the awards, such as those to Boulder Philharmonic and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, are for "Imagine Your Parks" projects in celebration of the NEA's 50th Anniversary and the centennial of the National Park Service. Orchestra grantees receiving Art Works support will present and offer premieres of new commissions, pre- and post-concert talks, master classes and workshops, instrument training programs for young musicians, countless school visits, and collaborations with fellow orchestras, local cultural organizations, and schools.

The NEA also awarded $110,000 in FY16 Challenge America grants to 11 orchestras that will extend the reach of their music, educational programming, and lecture-demonstrations to youth and adults whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, economics, or disability. Supported projects include free concerts and festivals as well as programming for students in Title I and geographically isolated schools, seniors, and adults with disabilities.

Future FY16 grants will be announced for Art Works (Part Two) in the spring. Deadlines for FY17 grant applications have been announced, and guidelines are expected in the coming weeks.

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

Apply Now for 2016 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 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. With its $10,000 award for each of twelve winners, 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 note that the deadline for application submissions is Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 5:00 p.m. PST.