The Catalyst Fund: 

Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in American Orchestras

A Grant-making Program of the League of American Orchestras
Made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


The League of American Orchestras has awarded grants to twenty-three U.S. orchestras to help deepen understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI); improve practice; and strengthen organizational culture. Ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 each, the one-year grants comprise the first round of The Catalyst Fund, the League’s new three-year, $2.1 million grant-making program made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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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 annual grants to adult and youth orchestras that aims to advance their understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and to foster effective EDI practices. The Catalyst Fund is supported by a three-year, $2.1 million grant to the League from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Orchestras are required to use the funds to support the costs of retaining a skilled EDI practitioner to advance EDI learning objectives. Grantees will be linked into a learning community that serves as a platform to share their learning, including a dedicated online forum as well as remote and in-person convenings, made possible by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

League member orchestras were eligible to apply for Catalyst Fund grants; applications were reviewed by an independent panel of experts.

The Catalyst Fund is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support From the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.