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May 20, 2022, Washington, D.C.

NEA FY22 Grants Support Orchestral Concerts and Community Programming

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded 101grants to orchestras through the Grants for Arts Projects and Challenge America categories in FY2022, totaling $2,270,000. In FY22 orchestras directly received NEA grant support through Grants for Arts Projects primarily in the discipline categories of music and arts education, with a few in the opera discipline as well. Awards to all arts disciplines through the NEA’s Grants for Arts Projects and Challenge America categories numbered 2,541 and totaled $57,197,410.

In addition to these grants categories, FY2022 funding supports the following:

  • Each year, 40 percent of the agency’s grantmaking funds are designated for state arts agencies, regional arts organizations, and national service organizations that support the work of the states and regions. Orchestras, in turn, benefit from grants at the state and local level.
  • The Endowment has awarded $815,000 in research grants, plus $648,784 in Research Labs grants. Additional FY2022 grants include 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.
  • NEA American Rescue Plan support included $57.75 million in direct grants to 567 recipients, which included 24 orchestras totaling $2,550,000 with the intention to support employment, operations and facilities costs, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional expenses. Additional grant support was made available through funds administered by the NEA to states, regions, and localities.

The League has compiled the grants to orchestras and grants related to the orchestra field, listed below. The latest information about projects can be obtained directly via the agency’s grant search tool.

Grants for Arts Projects (Part 1)

Grants to Orchestras

Application Deadline of February 11, 2021
Award Announced January 11, 2022

Project descriptions are not included in order to accommodate any pandemic-related adjustments. Current information is available in the Recent Grant Search. If any orchestral grants are missing from the list below, please email advocacy@americanorchestras.org.

A Far Cry, $15,000
Albany Symphony (NY), $25,000
American Composers Orchestra, $20,000
American Youth Symphony, $10,000
Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, $40,000
Boston Symphony Orchestra, $45,000
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, $50,000
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, $20,000
California Symphony, $15,000
Chicago Composers Orchestra, $10,000
Chicago Sinfonietta, $20,000
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, $45,000
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $40,000
CityMusic Cleveland, $10,000
Civic Orchestra of Chicago, $40,000
The Cleveland Orchestra, $40,000
Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, $15,000
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, $50,000
El Paso Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
Houston Symphony, $15,000
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
Kansas City Symphony, $20,000
The Knights, $25,000
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, $20,000
Los Angeles Philharmonic, $75,000
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, $15,000
Louisville Orchestra, $15,000
Milwaukee Symphony, $15,000
National Symphony, $40,000
New Haven Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
New World Symphony, $60,000
Nu Deco Ensemble, $10,000
Orchestra of St. Luke’s, $25,000
PostClassical Ensemble, $30,000
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, $40,000
San Francisco Symphony, $75,000
Seattle Symphony, $40,000
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, $40,000
Virginia Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, $10,000

Related Grants For Arts Projects, Part 1 Grants

American Cello Institute, $10,000
Bravo! Vail, $10,000
Buffalo String Works, $15,000
Carnegie Hall, $80,000
Cedille Records, $20,000
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, $45,000
Choral Arts Society of Washington, $20,000
The Cliburn, $10,000
Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts, $15,000
Colour of Music, $20,000
Gateways Music Festival, $20,000
The Gilmore, $20,000
Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, $30,000
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, $10,000
Harlem Center for Strings, $15,000
Harmony Project, $40,000
Hispanic Alliance for the Performing Arts, $10,000
International Music Foundation, $20,000
Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts, $20,000
KID smART, $45,000
Lakes Area Music Festival, $10,000
League of American Orchestras, $90,000
Levine Music, $20,000
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, $25,000
Marlboro Music, $30,000
New Orleans Ballet Association, $50,000
The New School (for New York String Orchestra Seminar), $15,000
Perlman Music Program, $20,000
Project STEP, $50,000
Stern Grove Festival, $35,000
Street Symphony, $40,000
Sunflower Music Festival, $20,000
Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, $10,000
Third Street Music School, $20,000
University Musical Society, $40,000
University of Rochester, $15,000
Young Concert Artists, $20,000

Grants for Arts Projects (Part 2)

Grants to Orchestras

Application Deadline of July 8, 2021
Award Announced May 18, 2022

Project descriptions are not included in order to accommodate any pandemic-related adjustments. Current information is available in the Recent Grant Search. If any orchestral grants are missing from the list below, please email advocacy@americanorchestras.org.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
American Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, $10,000
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, $40,000
Austin Symphony, $20,000
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, $40,000
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, $10,000
Berkeley Symphony, $15,000
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, $20,000
Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, $10,000
Chicago Philharmonic, $10,000
DC Youth Orchestra Program, $20,000
Delaware Symphony Orchestra, $25,000
Eugene Symphony, $20,000
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
Georgia Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
Grant Park Music Festival, $40,000
Houston Youth Symphony, $20,000
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
LexPhil, $10,000
The Little Orchestra Society, $15,000
Madison Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
Metropolitan Youth Symphony, $25,000
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
Minnesota Orchestra, $40,000
Nashville Symphony, $35,000
New Orchestra of Washington, $15,000
New York Philharmonic, $15,000
New York Youth Symphony, $15,000
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, $25,000
The Philadelphia Orchestra, $65,000
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, $20,000
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, $20,000
Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, $15,000
San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
San Diego Youth Symphony, $25,000
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, $15,000
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, $15,000
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, $60,000
Santa Cecilia Orchestra, $10,000
Santa Fe Pro Musica, $15,000
Sarasota Orchestra, $15,000
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, $15,000
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, $20,000
Vermont Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
Wheeling Symphony, $10,000

Related Grants For Arts Projects, Part 2 Grants

Accent Pontiac, $10,000
Brevard Music Center, $15,000
Cabrillo Music Festival, $30,000
Canterbury Voices, $10,000
Community Music School, $10,000
From the Top, $20,000
Harmony Program, $30,000
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), $20,000
Interlochen Center for the Arts, $15,000
Longy School of Music, $25,000
Miami Music Project, $55,000
Miami-Dade County Public Schools, $20,000
Mostly Modern Projects, Inc., $15,000
Music Haven, $50,000
NewAm, $15,000
Ojai Music Festival, $30,000
Orchestrating Dreams, Inc, $20,000
Pacific Chorale, $15,000
The People’s Music School, $25,000
Ravinia, $25,000
RenArts, $50,000
Seattle Chamber Music Festival, $25,000
Settlement Music School, $30,000
Sphinx Organization, $65,000
Tanglewood Music Center, $50,000
Union City Music Project, $20,000
Villa Musica, $15,000
Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, $10,000
Worcester Chamber Music Society, $20,000

Challenge America

Grants to Orchestras

Application Deadline of April 22, 2021
Award Announced January 11, 2022

Project descriptions are not included in order to accommodate any pandemic-related adjustments. Current information is available in the Recent Grant Search. If any orchestral grants are missing from the list below, please email advocacy@americanorchestras.org.

Aiken Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
Boise Phil, $10,000
Delta Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, $10,000
Glacier Symphony and Chorale, $10,000
Lansing Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
Orchestra Iowa, $10,000
Orquesta Northwest, $10,000
Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

Related Challenge America Grants

Endless Mountain Music Festival, $10,000
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, $10,000
Harlem Chamber Players, $10,000
INTEMPO Organization, Inc., $10,000
Lexington Arts Council, $10,000

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