May 15, 2019, Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded 100 grants to orchestras through the Grants for Arts Projects categories in FY2019, totaling $2,212,500. In FY19 orchestras directly received NEA grant support through Challenge America and Art Works in the discipline categories of music, arts education, and media arts. Awards to all arts disciplines through the NEA’s largest grant categories – Art Works and Challenge America – numbered 2,087 and totaled $48,495,000.

In addition to the grants awarded through the Grants for Arts Projects categories, FY2019 funding supports the following:

  • Congress requires that 40% of NEA grant funds be made available directly to the states; 64 awards totaling $51,456,500 million has been awarded through Partnership Grants to state and regional arts agencies. Orchestras, in turn, benefit from grants at the state and local level.
  • Additional FY2019 grants include $724,000 in Research Grants and funds to national initiatives, including but not limited to the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership, the Big Read, Poetry Out Loud, literature fellowships, and Our Town.

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.

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