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January 13, 2023, Washington, D.C.

NEA’s First Round of FY23 Grants Support Orchestral Concerts and Community Programming

Orchestras in 67 communities will receive FY23 support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to present concerts and festivals, feature emerging as well as familiar works, support artist residencies, host community engagement and education programs, and run training programs for young students. 52 orchestras are direct grant recipients of Grants for Arts Projects (GAP), Part 1 awards totaling $1.255 million and 15 orchestras are receiving Challenge America grants totaling $150,000, plus there are a great number of orchestral- and instrument training program-related projects receiving NEA grants.

The League has compiled the grants to orchestras and grants related to the orchestra field, listed below. The latest information and full descriptions of all supported 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 10, 2022
Award Announced January 10, 2023

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 or are there are errors to correct, please email advocacy@americanorchestras.org.

Albany (NY) Symphony, $25,000 
American Composers Orchestra, $20,000 
Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, $30,000 
Asheville Symphony, $10,000 
Boston Symphony Orchestra, $35,000 
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, $45,000 
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, $15,000 
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, $10,000 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, $30,000 
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $35,000 
Civic Orchestra of Chicago, $35,000 
The Cleveland Orchestra, $40,000 
Florida Youth Orchestra, $10,000 
Gateway Chamber Orchestra, $10,000 
Handel & Haydn Society, $45,000
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, $10,000 
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, $20,000 
Jacksonville Symphony, $15,000 
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, $20,000 
Los Angeles Philharmonic, $60,000 
Louisville Orchestra, $15,000 
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, $20,000 
Nashville Symphony, $50,000 
National Symphony Orchestra, $45,000 
New Haven Symphony Orchestra, $15,000 
New World Symphony, $50,000 
Oakland Symphony, $15,000 
Oklahoma Philharmonic Society, $25,000
Orchestra 2001, $10,000 
Orchestra of New Spain, $10,000 
Orchestra of St. Luke’s, $25,000 
Oregon Symphony, $20,000 
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, $10,000 
Pacific Symphony, $25,000 
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, $20,000 
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, $35,000 
Portland Youth Philharmonic, $10,000 
Post-Classical Ensemble, $25,000 
Princeton Symphony Orchestra, $15,000 
Richmond Symphony, $15,000 
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, $20,000 
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, $30,000 
San Diego Symphony Orchestra, $15,000 
San Francisco Symphony, $50,000 
Santa Rosa Symphony, $15,000 
Seattle Symphony, $40,000 
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, $20,000 
South Florida Symphony Orchestra, $10,000 
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, $40,000 
Stamford Symphony, $10,000 
Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, $20,000 
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, $10,000

Related Grants For Arts Projects, Part 1 Grants

Austin Soundwaves, $30,000  
American Composers Alliance, $10,000 
The Barclay, $15,000 
Boston University Tanglewood Institute, $35,000 
Buffalo String Works, $15,000 
Carnegie Hall, $65,000 
Chicago Arts and Music Project, $10,000 
Cincinnati May Festival, $20,000 
The Cliburn, $10,000 
Corning-Elmira Musical Arts, $10,000 
Colour of Music Festival, $10,000 
DanceAbility International, $15,000 
Gateways Music Festival, $15,000 
The Gilmore, $15,000 
Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, $30,000 
Grand Teton Music Festival, $10,000 
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, $10,000 
Harlem Center for Strings, $10,000 
Harmony Project, $45,000 
KID smART, $35,000 
Lakes Area Music Festival, $10,000 
League of American Orchestras, $85,000 
Levine Music, $10,000 
The Mann, $25,000 
Marlboro Music, $25,000 
Merkin Concert Hall, $15,000 
Midori & Friends, $15,000 
Music Worcester, $10,000 
New School Concerts, $15,000 
Perlman Music Program, $20,000 
Project STEP, $50,000 
Third Street Music School, $20,000 
Palaver Strings, $15,000 
Rainey Institute, $15,000 
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, $10,000 
Savannah Music Festival, $30,000 
Sunflower Music Festival, $10,000 
Vanderbilt University, $20,000 
Young Concert Artists, $15,000 
Washington Performing Arts, $30,000 

Challenge America

Grants to Orchestras

Application Deadline of April 21, 2022
Award Announced January 10, 2023

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 or are there are errors to correct, please email advocacy@americanorchestras.org.

Allentown Symphony Orchestra, $10,000 
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, $10,000 
Empire State Youth Orchestras, $10,000 
Eric Philharmonic, $10,000 
Glacier Symphony and Chorale, $10,000 
Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras, $10,000 
IRIS Orchestra, $10,000 
Itasca Orchestra and Strings, $10,000 
The Jackson (TN) Symphony, $10,000 
Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, $10,000 
Northern Kentucky Symphony, $10,000 
Orquesta Northwest, $10,000 
Richardson Symphony, $10,000 
South Bend Symphony Orchestra, $10,000 
Tulsa Area Youth Symphony, $10,000

Related Challenge America Grants

Boston String Academy, $10,000 
Endless Mountain Music Festival, $10,000 
Friends of Chamber Music of Troy, $10,000 
Golden Valley Music Society, $10,000 
INTEMPO Organization, $10,000

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