NEA Announces 2nd Round FY18 Grants: 35 Orchestral Projects Included

May 10, 2018 

NEA grants to orchestras support more than 35 communities in latest FY18 grants

May 10, 2018, Washington, D.C. - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded 35 direct grants to orchestral projects through its FY18 Art Works Part 2 grant category, totaling $872,500 in funding, as well as several orchestra- or classical music-related projects. In addition to Art Works Part 2 grants, the NEA also announced $4.1 million in Our Town awards, $550,000 in research grants, $50.4 million in state and regional partnership agreements, and $2 million for Creativity Connects projects, which include three orchestra grantees:
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra ($27,000) to support Soul Strings, a music-informed therapy program hosted collaboratively with the Arc of Greater New Orleans.
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra ($76,000) to support a music therapy program for Philadelphia's homeless population in partnership with Broad Street Ministry.
  • South Dakota Symphony Orchestra ($18,000) to support Music as Medicine, a partnership with Sanford Health and Avera Health that will offer live music as a form of therapy.
The League has compiled brief project descriptions for grants to orchestras and grants related to the orchestra field online. Please do notify the League if your direct orchestral grant is missing from the list below and on our website so we can maintain as accurate a record as possible. Complete lists of grant amounts and fuller project descriptions for awards in all disciplines may be found via the NEA's grant search webpage


Upcoming deadlines for NEA grants

The next application deadlines for NEA support are:
  • FY19 Art Works, Part 2: July 12, 2018
  • FY19 Our Town: August 9, 2018
The League's customized tips are available for orchestras interested in applying for NEA support. Please also note that the System for Award Management ( has implemented new requirements to address security concerns which may affect your ability to apply to or receive an award or any payments from the National Endowment for the Arts or any other federal agency.

If you are registering a new entity in, or updating or renewing your registration, you must provide an original, signed notarized letter stating that you are the authorized Entity Administrator before your registration will be activated, updated, or renewed. Read the FAQs on to learn more about this process change, which was put into effect over the last 2 months.