January 27, 2022, Washington, D.C.

NEA American Rescue Plan Grants Will Aid 24 Orchestras

This morning the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 567 recipients of $57.75 million in direct grants awarded through the final installment of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding designated by Congress to help the arts and cultural sector in its ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. ARP awards are in the amounts of $50,000, $100,000, and $150,000, and grants are intended to support employment, operations and facilities costs, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional expenses. Direct grants included awards to 24 orchestras totaling $2,550,000.

The NEA reports that 27 percent of recipients are first-time NEA grantees and 78 percent are small or medium sized organizations with budgets of less than $2 million. The NEA received more than 7,500 applications requesting nearly $700 million in support, which underscores the widespread need for continued support for the arts. These direct grants to organizations follow two other rounds of ARP funds administered by the NEA to states, regions, and localities to support further local grantmaking.

The League has compiled a list of ARP orchestral and related grant recipients below. The NEA’s full list of recommended awards, sorted by city/state, is available on arts.gov.

ARP Grants to Orchestras


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