Founded in 1970, OPERA America is a membership association that draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field of opera.
To that end, OPERA America, with support from the Charles and Cherise Jacobs Charitable Foundation, is inviting applications for its IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Opera Grants. Designed with a racial equity lens, the IDEA grants provide support for the promotion and development of new works by artists of color who may not have worked previously in the field. Through the program, grants will be awarded to African American, Latinx, Asian American, Arab American, and/or Native American (ALAANA) composer and librettist teams with demonstrated ability to create theatrical works for voice and instrumental ensemble.
Grants of up to $12,500 per team will be awarded in support of costs associated with the production of a workshop, reading, or other performance-based event. In addition, recipients will receive a high-quality video portrait of the composer and librettist for promotional use, multi-camera footage of the work in development, complimentary registration, travel and housing to attend OPERA America’s New Works Forum, complimentary registration, travel and housing to attend the annual opera conference, and an introduction in Opera America magazine. Two grants are awarded annually.
Letters of intent are due July 29. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by September 9, 2019.
To be eligible, applicants must identify with a specific ALAANA racial or cultural heritage and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. The composer may serve as the librettist and apply as a sole applicant. Projects involving more than two creators (e.g., one composer and two librettists) are also eligible.
See the OPERA America website for compete program guidelines and application instructions.