League announces recipients of Catalyst Fund grants advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion at orchestras

Posted on: June 5, 2020

The League of American Orchestras has awarded grants to 28 U.S. orchestras to help deepen understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), improve practice, and strengthen organizational culture. Ranging from $12,000 to $25,000 each, the one-year grants comprise the second round of The Catalyst Fund, the League’s three-year, $2.1 million grant-making program made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

“Recent events have underscored the deep racial disparities existing in our country, already amplified by the pandemic’s unequal impact on communities of color,” said Jesse Rosen, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras. “The work orchestras are undertaking with support from the League’s Catalyst Fund highlights the urgency of addressing EDI as orchestras attempt to confront decades of inequity within our field. We must understand and address our personal and organizational roles in systems of inequity.”

For more about The Catalyst Fund, including this year’s recipients, visit https://americanorchestras.org/learning-leadership-development/the-catalyst-fund.html. Find information about the League’s other EDI work at the League’s EDI Resource Center.