Twenty orchestras to receive Catalyst Fund Incubator Grants from League of American Orchestras

Posted on: March 24, 2022

The League of American Orchestras has awarded three-year, $75,000 grants to 20 U.S. orchestras to help create more equitable organizational cultures through collaborative, peer-driven learning opportunities. Made possible by a $2.1 million leadership grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Catalyst Fund Incubator aims to drive change by incorporating models from high-tech incubators, such as creating strong peer communities for brainstorming and strategizing and developing new ideas through mentorships. A key element of the program focuses on building capacity to attract new resources, including funding and partnerships, for the orchestras’ equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) work. The grants will enable orchestras to work directly with professional EDI consultants, who will help orchestras clarify, map, and measure equity, diversity, and inclusion goals, and offer guidance on issues such as avoiding common pitfalls in EDI work; mediating conflict around differences of opinion on approach and strategy; and best practices for including multiple voices and perspectives. Administrative, educational, and artistic staff, board members, and musicians from each orchestra will participate. Learn more and see the complete list of Catalyst Fund Incubator orchestras at https://americanorchestras.org/learn/grant-programs/the-catalyst-fund-incubator/.