The Catalyst Fund Incubator

Made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

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The Catalyst Fund Incubator Overview

Becoming a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization neither happens overnight, nor can be achieved by simply adding more people of color, women, or LGBTQIA+ people to the staff or board to increase representation. People must feel seen, heard, and meaningfully empowered within the organization to make change.

To assist orchestras in creating more equitable, diverse, and inclusive cultures, the League has designed the next phase of The Catalyst Fund to incorporate elements from technology incubator models, such as supporting the development of new ideas through mentorship and guidance, and connection to peer communities engaged in similar developmental processes.

Applications are due on Friday, October 22, 2021.

Program Components

Program Priorities

Eligible Orchestras

Ineligibility Criteria

Adjudication and Selection Process


Please email catalyst@americanorchestras.org.

The Catalyst Fund Incubator is made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

Banner: A participant from a Catalyst Fund grantee orchestra speaks about the orchestra’s work at the League’s 2019 National Conference in Nashville. Photo: Alan Poizner

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