May 16, 2024, Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded 97 grants to orchestras through its major grant programs in FY2024, totaling $2,616,100. In FY24 orchestras directly received NEA grant support through Challenge America and two rounds of Grants for Arts Projects, primarily in the discipline categories of music and arts education. Successful projects include presenting concerts and festivals, state-wide touring, emerging as well as familiar works, artist residencies, community engagement and education programs, and programs for young musicians. In addition to direct grants to orchestras, countless awards were also issued to support related orchestral- and instrument training program projects.

Awards to all arts disciplines through the NEA’s Grants for Arts Projects and Challenge America categories in FY2024 numbered 2,350 and totaled $67,351,905. In addition to these major categories, NEA FY2024 funding supports the following:

  • Each year, 40 percent of the agency’s grantmaking funds are designated for state arts agencies, regional arts organizations, and the national service organization to support the work of the states and regions. In FY24, the NEA recommended $68.1 million in State and Regional Partnerships support. Orchestras, in turn, benefit from these grant opportunities.
  • The Endowment has awarded $1,024,755 in research grants, plus $250,000 in Research Labs grants including a $150,000 award to the University of Southern California to support a research agenda and associated studies to be designed and implemented by the Brain and Music Lab within the university’s Brain and Creativity Institute. Additional FY2024 grants include national initiatives including but not limited to the newly launched ArtsHERE program, Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, and Our Town.

The League has compiled a list of grants to orchestras and grants related to the orchestra field, below. More complete and updated information about all supported projects can be obtained directly via the agency’s grant search tool.

Grants for Arts Projects (Round 1)

Grants to Orchestras

Application Deadline of February 9, 2023
Award Announced January 24, 2024

Complete information is available in the NEA’s Recent Grant Search database. If any orchestral grants are missing are there are errors to correct, please email advocacy@americanorchestras.org.

Albany (NY) Symphony, $30,000 
American Composers Orchestra, $25,000 
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, $45,000 
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, $20,000 
Chicago Philharmonic, $15,000 
Chicago Sinfonietta, $15,000 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, $35,000 
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, $15,000 
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $30,000 
Civic Orchestra of Chicago, $40,000 
Contemporary Youth Orchestra, $15,000 
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, $50,000 
Handel & Haydn Society, $40,000 
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, $25,000 
The Knights, $25,000 
The Little Orchestra Society, $20,000 
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, $70,000 
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, $15,000 
Louisville Orchestra, $20,000 
Nashville Symphony, $40,000 
National Symphony Orchestra, $40,000 
New Haven Symphony Orchestra, $15,000 
New World Symphony, $40,000 
North Carolina Symphony, $25,000 
Orchestra of New Spain, $18,000 
Orchestra of St. Luke’s, $25,000 
Oregon Symphony, $20,000 
Orquesta Northwest, $15,000 
Pacific Symphony, $25,000 
Philharmonic Society (Orange County), $40,000 
Richmond Symphony, $15,000 
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, $25,000 
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, $30,000 
San Francisco Symphony, $25,000 
Seattle Symphony, $40,000 
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, $15,000 
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, $30,000 
Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts, $20,000

Related Grants For Arts Projects, Round 1 Grants

American Modern Opera Company, $25,000 
Austin Soundwaves, $30,000 
Boston Baroque, $15,000 
Boston University Tanglewood Institute, $30,000 
Buffalo String Works, $25,000 
Carnegie Hall, $70,000 
Cedille Records, $20,000 
Enriching Lives through Music, $15,000 
Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, $30,000 
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, $15,000 
Harmony Project, $40,000 
League of American Orchestras, $100,000 
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, $15,000 
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, $25,000 
Mostly Modern Projects, $17,500 
Music of Remembrance, $30,000 
New School Concerts, $20,000 
Perlman Music Program, $25,000 
Price Hill Will, $15,000 
Project STEP, $50,000 
Third Street Music School, $20,000 
University of Maryland at College Park, $35,000 
Young Concert Artists, $20,000  

Grants for Arts Projects (Round 2)

Grants to Orchestras

Application Deadline of July 6, 2023
Award Announced – May 2024

Complete information is available in the NEA’s Recent Grant Search database. If any orchestral grants are missing are there are errors to correct, please email advocacy@americanorchestras.org.

American Composers Orchestra, $30,000
American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, $25,000
Apollo’s Fire, $40,000
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, $40,000
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, $55,000
Austin Symphony, $35,000
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, $60,000
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, $15,000
Berkeley Symphony, $25,000
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, $10,000
Boston Landmarks Orchestra, $25,000
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, $30,000
Boston Symphony Orchestra, $50,000
Central Ohio Symphony, $15,000
The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, $12,500
Colorado Symphony, $20,000
Dallas Symphony Orchestra, $65,000
DC Youth Orchestra Program, $20,000
The Dream Unfinished, $20,000
Eugene Symphony, $30,000
Filipino American Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
Grant Park Music Festival, $75,000
Hawaii Youth Symphony, $50,000
Houston Youth Symphony, $30,000
Madison Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
Mercury Chamber Orchestra, $15,000
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, $50,600
Minnesota Orchestra, $40,000
New York Philharmonic, $25,000
New York Youth Symphony, $25,000
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, $35,000
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, $20,000
The Philadelphia Orchestra, $75,000
The Phoenix Symphony, $30,000
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, $25,000
San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, $15,000
San Diego Youth Symphony, $45,000
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, $20,000
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, $55,000
Sarasota Orchestra, $20,000
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, $20,000
The Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas, $25,000
Tucson Symphony Orchestra, $25,000
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
Wheeling Symphony, $25,000

Related Grants For Arts Projects, Round 2 Grants

American Cello Institute, $25,000
Aspen Music Festival and School, $50,000
Association of California Symphony Orchestras, $15,000
Astral Artists, Inc., $20,000
Berklee College of Music, $40,000Boston Music Project, $35,000
Boston String Academy, $20,000
Bravo! Vail, $50,000
Brooklyn Academy of Music, $30,000
Cabrillo Music Festival, $35,000
Classical Kids Music Education, $30,000
Composers Now Inc., $15,000
Delirium Musicum, $40,000
Education Through Music (NY), $20,000
El Sistema USA, $35,000
From the Top, $20,000
Harlem Center for Strings, $20,000
Harmony Program, $30,000
Heart of Los Angeles, $60,000
Hispanic Alliance for the Performing Arts, $30,000
Longy School of Music of Bard College, $30,000
Lucy Moses School for Music and Dance, $50,000
Miami Music Project, $50,000
Morning Brown Inc., $17,000
Music Haven, $25,000
The New School, $20,000
Noel Pointer Foundation, $20,000
Ojai Music Festival, $45,000
Omaha Conservatory of Music, $25,000
Orchestrating Dreams, $25,000
Orlando Science Center, $30,000
Orpheum Theatre Group, $20,000
People’s Music School, $40,000
Ravinia, $35,000
Salt Lake Music School Foundation, $25,000
Skaneateles Festival, $25,000
Sphinx Organization, $75,000
Street Symphony, $75,000
Union City Music Project, $15,000
Worcester Chamber Music Society, $25,000

Challenge America

Grants to Orchestras

Application Deadline of April 27, 2023
Award Announced January 24, 2024

Complete information is available in the NEA’s Recent Grant Search database. If any orchestral grants are missing are there are errors to correct, please email advocacy@americanorchestras.org.

Boise Phil, $10,000
Empire State Youth Orchestras, $10,000
Erie Philharmonic, $10,000
Glacier Symphony and Chorale, $10,000
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, $10,000
The Jackson Symphony (TN), $10,000
Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra, $10,000
Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
Orchestra Iowa, $10,000
Palm Beach Symphony, $10,000
South Bend Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, $10,000

Related Challenge America Grants

Alhambra Music, $10,000
Columbia Theatre Association for the Performing Arts, $10,000
El Sistema Oklahoma, $10,000
El Sistema Santa Cruz, $10,000
Endless Mountain Music Festival, $10,000
Harmony Project Phoenix, $10,000
INTEMPO Organization, $10,000
Lexington Arts Council, $10,000
Newport String Project, $10,000
Present Music, $10,000
Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York, $10,000
Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute, $10,000
Suzuki School of Newton, $10,000


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