The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its first grant awards to orchestras for fiscal year 2011, funding projects that support and increase access to music in communities nationwide. In the category of Challenge America: Fast Track Review, thirteen orchestras will each receive grants of $10,000 to provide performances, pre-concert lectures, workshops, enrichment programs, and master classes to underserved populations. In the category of Access to Artistic Excellence, 37 orchestras will receive grants totaling $1,560,000 to fund projects that provide educational activities, concerts, festivals, master classes, radio broadcasts, orchestra tours, professional development, and community residencies. The NEA will announce deadlines for fiscal year 2012 Grants for Arts Projects, the agency’s major support category for organizations, in early-mid January.
The League of American Orchestras has prepared guidelines on the NEA’s changing funding categories for FY12, which may be found here.
Posted December 3, 2010