January 26, 2024

In This Issue

NEA to Hold Summit on Arts and Culture

On January 30, 2024 the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will co-host, with the White House Domestic Policy Council, a first-of-its-kind national convening bringing together leaders from across sectors, including government officials; policymakers; artists; arts advocates; academics; philanthropic, labor, and community leaders; and the public. “Healing, Bridging, Thriving: A Summit on Arts and Culture in our Communities” will explore the contribution of the arts to health and well-being, as well as drive equitable outcomes for communities across the country. Participants will consider ideas, policies, and actions that can better integrate and elevate the arts and humanities throughout the country. The summit will be open to virtual attendees via live webcast.

NEA Grants Support Orchestral Collaborations, Celebrations, Student and Community Programming, and More

Orchestras in 52 communities will receive FY24 support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to present special commissions, collaborate with local partners, feature emerging as well as familiar works, support artist residencies, bring engagement and education programs to local and regional communities, and offer instrument training programs for young musicians. 38 orchestras are direct grant recipients of Grants for Arts Projects (GAP), Round 1 awards totaling $1,053,000 million and 14 orchestras are receiving Challenge America grants totaling $140,000, plus there are a great number of orchestral- and instrument training program-related projects receiving NEA grants. The League of American Orchestras maintains a year-by-year listing of the most recent grants to orchestras online, with complete descriptions of all supported projects available via the agency’s grant search tool. Find the list of orchestra and orchestra-related grantees for FY24 GAP Round 1 and Challenge America on the League’s dedicated webpage.

Upcoming NEA Grant Due Dates

Mark your calendar with the following due dates for NEA FY25 Grants for Arts Projects, the Endowment’s major support category for organizations for projects anticipated to take place beginning in 2025:

  • Grants for Arts Projects, (First Round): February 15, 2024
  • Grants for Arts Projects, (Second Round): July 11, 2024
  • Challenge America: April 25, 2024

The NEA has updated Grants for Arts Projects guidelines and Challenge America guidelines on its website. The League offers guidance specific to orchestras on our Tips for your application page.

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