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Advancing Innovation: The League’s American Orchestras’ Futures Fund


Made Possible by the
Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation  


The American Orchestras’ Futures Fund is a competitive grants program designed to advance the innovative work of the League of American Orchestras’ member orchestras. Made possible through the generous support of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and administered by the League, the Futures Fund builds on the results of earlier League-sponsored and Getty-funded grants to orchestras. The Foundation’s generous support of the Futures Fund allows the League to provide larger, multi-year grants for American orchestras of all sizes as they work to increase their investment in experimentation, risk taking, and innovative practices, and contribute to field-wide learning.

The primary goal of the Futures Fund is to encourage a culture of learning and innovation in orchestras of all sizes, structures, and locations. Toward this end, the Futures Fund will offer two-year grants to a select number of orchestras that are making investments in innovation and exploring new ways of working that demonstrate impact within the organization and its audiences and communities.


Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020

Read the Proposal Guidelines 

Download Sample Reviewer Criteria

Apply for a Grant (Orchestras in Groups 5-8 and Youth Orchestras)

American Orchestras' Futers Fund

As part of their In Harmony program, 2018 Futures Fund grant recipient Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra presented music therapy–informed performances at special needs classrooms and adult day centers. Pictured: a Life Skills class that included children with and without disabilities. Photo: Shawn Williams


Who Should Apply Now: Smaller-Budget and Youth Orchestras

For this round of grants, we are pleased to accept applications from current members of the League of American Orchestras in the Youth Orchestra group, as well as those in Groups 5–8. To verify your orchestra’s eligibility, see my.americanorchestras.org/eweb or contact Member Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 646 822 4010.


Futures Fund Priorities

Grants from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund support projects that propose innovations that are:

  • New to the orchestral field, or
  • An adaptation or application of strategies implemented in other arts fields such as theater, dance, or visual arts, or are
  • A refinement or enhancement to proven practices both inside and outside of the orchestral field that merit continued development.

The League welcomes applications that represent efforts in at least one of three areas critical to the sustainability and public value of orchestras: artistic vibrancy, organizational vitality, and civic engagement.

Reflecting the League’s strong commitment to field-wide learning, grantees will document and share their learnings with the broader orchestral community. The League will facilitate peer-to-peer learning opportunities such as webinars and peer calls, and opportunities to connect with fellow grantees at the League of American Orchestras National Conference in Minneapolis-St. Paul, June 10–12, 2020.

After verifying the eligibility of applicants, the League will convene an independent panel comprised of experts in the orchestral field as well as from the performing arts field at large. Panelists will be knowledgeable in artistic programming, audience development, media and technology, financial management, governance, and education and community engagement.


Read the Complete 2020 Proposal Guidelines

Download Sample Reviewer Criteria

Apply Now


Questions? Contact Us

For additional information about the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, please email Lee Ann Norman, Director, Learning and Leadership Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .