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. Through the Opera Fund, the organization provides technical and financial support to OPERA America professional company members (PCMs) and producing partners as part of a North American effort to enhance the quality, quantity, and creativity of new opera and music theater.
To that end, the organization is inviting applications for its Repertoire Development Grants program. The program assists OPERA America professional company embers and their partners in meeting the special costs incurred in the development of new North American opera and music theater works. Experimental forms of work and methods of producing new pieces in traditional and alternative performance venues are supported through the program, and the fund encourages diversity in all dimensions of the project, from the selection of the creative team and subject matter of the work to the casting of performing artists and technicians.
Through the program, grants will be awarded in support of the development of the work and the creative process, with the goal of enabling the creators and/or producers to assess and refine a work-in-progress (though some proposed projects may also serve an audience development purpose). Funding may be used to offset fees to creative artists such as dramaturgs, recording expenditures for evaluation and archival purposes, or other costs associated with the development of a new opera or music theater work, including but not limited to workshops, readings, and revisions.
OPERA America encourages consortia to leverage their collective resources, increase the time available to observe and refine a piece, and build awareness of new works among a broader audience. (As defined by the foundation, a consortium is defined as a partnership between producing organizations that leverages a broader range of expertise and resources on behalf of a project and guarantees subsequent performances of the work beyond its initial production run.) Consortium projects in which creative artists demonstrate readiness to refine the work during the life of the consortium will be given a higher priority.
Grants of up to $65,000 will be awarded for consortium support and of up to $35,000 for individual applicant support.
Applications will only be accepted if an Intent to Apply form has been submitted by August 1, 2019. Complete applications are due September 16, 2019.
To be eligible, the lead applicant must be a professional company member of OPERA America based in the United States. Canadian PCMs and international and associate members of OPERA America may participate as consortium members but are not eligible to submit applications directly. In addition, a majority of partner organizations must be based in the United States.
See the OPERA America website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.