Eighteen U.S. orchestras receive grants from the League’s American Orchestras’ Futures Fund to advance innovation

Posted on: August 14, 2020

Eighteen orchestras and youth orchestras have received grants of $30,000 each to spark a culture of innovation and learning in U.S. orchestras. Created by the League of American Orchestras to support forward-thinking and experimental projects, the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund grants, made possible by the generous support of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, focus on artistic vibrancy, civic engagement, and organizational vitality. Reflecting new ways of thinking and flexibility during this time of tremendous challenge and uncertainty, the programs’ areas of focus vary greatly. Projects include a commissioning program for composers of color in Maryland aiming to diversify the pool of composers who write for youth orchestras; a travelling music float in Kentucky permitting residents to social-distance while enjoying music; an alternative medical program in Georgia utilizing mindfulness-based music therapy; and an after-school music and social program for students in El Paso, near the Texas-Mexico border. This is the fourth round of the League’s $6 million Futures Fund program; smaller-budget U.S.-based orchestras and youth orchestras that are members of the League were eligible to apply in this round. Learn more at https://americanorchestrass.org/learning-leadership-development/American-orchestras-futures-fund.html.