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American Orchestras’ Futures Fund grants go to 21 orchestras 

The League of American Orchestras has announced grants to 21 large- and medium-budget U.S. orchestras. The grants, in the amount of $80,000–$150,000 each, focus on an array of programs incubating organizational innovation and experimentation. The two-year grants, part of the recently launched American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, are made possible by the generous support of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. Read the press announcement here.

The initiatives funded in this round include a wide range of innovation efforts, from community and neighborhood residencies, programs redefining the concert experience, and initiatives aimed at increasing audience diversity, to piloting new organizational practices, fruitful artistic collaborations, and the use of new technologies within the concert hall. Find descriptions of the initiatives to be supported through the Futures Fund here.

The $4.5 million American Orchestras’ Futures Fund program will include another round of two-year grants; this summer, orchestras in groups 5-8 and youth orchestras may apply for innovation grants for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. The League will announce when applications open, and be sure to check the League’s website soon for more information on applying.

Posted May 10, 2017