Congressional Action as NEA’s 2nd Round of FY19 Grants Support Orchestral Programs

May 16, 2019

House Interior advances $12.5 million increase for FY20 as NEA announces new round of FY19 grant awards

Congressional action on the arts appropriations process began yesterday with the House Interior Subcommittee speedily advancing a recommendation of $167.5 million in FY20 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which would increase the agency's current budget by $12.5 million, the agency's highest funding level since 2010. The full House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider that recommendation as early as next week, while action in the Senate has not yet begun. Bipartisan support for the NEA in Congress has resulted in sustained and increased funding despite the Trump Administration's repeated requests to eliminate the agency.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) yesterday awarded 40 direct grants to orchestral projects through its FY19 Art Works Part 2 grant category, totaling $720,000 in funding, as well as several orchestra- or classical music-related projects. In addition to Art Works Part 2 grants, the NEA also announced $4.115 million in Our Town awards, $724,000 in research grants, and more than $51 million in state and regional partnership agreements.

Art Works, Part 2 grants to orchestras this year support young people's concerts, numerous educational and community engagement programs, concerts that feature works by African-American and women composers and musicians, new commissions, tours, residencies, festivals, and free concerts.

The League has compiled brief project descriptions for grants to orchestras and grants related to the orchestra field online. Please do This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if your orchestral grant is missing from the list below and from 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

Looking forward to FY20, the next application deadlines for NEA support are July 11, 2019 for Art Works, Part 2 and August 7, 2019 for Our Town.