The NEA has announced its first round of FY17 Art Works grants to orchestras, with a total of $1,237,500 in 40 direct awards to orchestras. Awards support the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing music, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts. Also awarded in the first 2017 round of grants are Art Works: Creativity Connects grants, which support partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors such as healthcare, nutrition, juvenile justice, science, and technology, among many others. Orchestra grantees receiving Art Works support will support emerging composers and premiere new works, provide music instruction and mentorship for students, collaborate with other arts organizations and disciplines, support new productions and experimental programming, enable orchestras to conduct residencies in their communities, celebrate diverse cultural heritages, and provide countless engagement opportunities through lectures, panel discussions, and master classes. The League has compiled project descriptions for grants to orchestras and grants related to the orchestra field. Complete lists of grant amounts and project descriptions for awards in all disciplines may be found on the NEA website.
Posted December 15, 2016