The New York City-based League of American Orchestras has announced a $4.5 million grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation to establish a fund that will support its member orchestras across the country.
The American Orchestras Fund will offer two-year organizational grants as well as short-term technical assistance grants to U.S.-based adult and youth orchestras that are members of the league. The program, which builds on and replaces earlier Getty Foundation-funded and league-sponsored programs, will focus on orchestras that are making significant investments in learning and innovation and that demonstrate potential to influence and ensure a positive future for American orchestras. The league will help recipients document grant-supported activities in order to identify promising practices and themes in that work, and will disseminate the findings to benefit the entire orchestra field.
The fund is currently accepting applications from larger budget league members for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 orchestra seasons. In the summer of 2017, smaller budget orchestras and youth orchestras will be invited to apply for support for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. In the first funding cycle, the league expects to award grants totaling $3 million to both large and small orchestras.
"We are grateful to the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation for their expanded support as the foundation partners with us to invest in the future of America's orchestras, prioritizing innovation and helping our member organizations to advance the art form," said league president and CEO Jesse Rosen. "Their generosity will help us navigate through this era of great change, giving us valuable opportunities to reach new audiences and build the resources we need to connect with our communities both inside and out of the concert hall."