FY16 2nd Round NEA Grants Support Student and Community Engagement with Orchestral Experience

May 12, 2016

Orchestras receive 2nd round NEA grants

Schools and communities throughout the nation will engage with orchestral music thanks in part to Art Works support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA's second round of FY16 Art Works awards includes 51 direct grants to orchestras totaling $1,123,500, as well as numerous grants for related projects. Grantees will collaborate with music educators to encourage participation in school instrumental music programs, provide instruments and music instruction to students in economically distressed communities, offer side-by-side performance opportunities with adult amateurs and youth musicians, live stream concerts, expand online audio archives, commission new works, tour to rural communities, and present discounted or free concerts, festivals, master classes, workshops, and many more programs for people in a variety of circumstances and of different ages and experiences. 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 nine dollars to one from other state, local, and private sources.

The League submits written testimony to Congress in support of NEA funding every year, provides orchestras with customized tips for applying for an NEA grant, and compiles the project descriptions for grants awarded to orchestras and projects 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 in a state-by-state listing or a discipline/field listing. In addition, the NEA maintains an online grant search system which allows members of the public to search all of the NEA's grants since 2000 using a variety of attributes to customize search results.

The next deadline is July 14, 2016 for an FY17 Art Works, Part 2 grant. Orchestras interested in learning more about the process and to discuss their programs are invited to schedule a free one-on-one consultation with the NEA's music specialists at the League's Conference this June. Appointments must be made in advance by contacting the League's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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