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Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in American Orchestras

 

Since the program launched in 2019, the League of American Orchestras has awarded grants to fifty-one U.S. orchestras to help strengthen understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and transform organizational culture. Ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 each, the one-year grants comprise the two rounds of The Catalyst Fund, the League’s three-year, $2.1 million grant-making program made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

 

Read the 2020 press announcement

Read the 2019 press announcement

 

2020 Catalyst Fund Grant Recipients:

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Sinfonietta

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

DC Youth Orchestra Program

East Texas Symphony Orchestra

Empire State Youth Orchestra

Grand Rapids Symphony

Handel and Haydn Society

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Minnesota Orchestra

Nashville Symphony

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

New Jersey Youth Symphony

New World Symphony

North Carolina Symphony

Oakland Symphony

Pacific Symphony

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Richmond Symphony

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

San Francisco Symphony

Seattle Symphony

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Virginia Symphony Orchestra 



2019 Catalyst Fund Grant Recipients:

Albany Symphony

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Sinfonietta

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Grand Rapids Symphony

Handel and Haydn Society

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Nashville Symphony

New Jersey Youth Symphony

New World Symphony

Oakland Symphony

Oregon Symphony

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

San Francisco Symphony

Seattle Symphony

Virginia Symphony Orchestra


About the Program

The Catalyst Fund is a three-year pilot program of the League of American Orchestras that awards annual grants to build the internal capacity of member orchestras based in the U.S. in advancing their understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and in encouraging effective practice. Grants are used to engage EDI consultants to help orchestras create and implement strategies that are relevant to their own orchestras and communities. League member orchestras based in the U.S. are eligible to apply.