Since the inception of its grant program, OPERA America has awarded a total of nearly $18 million to support the work of opera creators, companies, and administrators. Currently, OPERA America awards more than $2 million annually through a range of grant initiatives and provides travel grants that allow members to participate in network forums and attend performances of new North American works.
OPERA America’s Innovation Grants support the implementation of innovative projects in opera’s most important areas of practice, including artistic vitality, audience experience, organizational effectiveness, and community connections. The program enables companies to increase their investment in experimentation and innovation and contribute to field-wide learning. Grants are intended to support projects that (a) represent an effort new to the field; (b) adaptations or applications of strategies that have been implemented elsewhere but are new to the applicant company or its community; and (c) refinements or enhancements to proven organizational strategies that merit continued development. OPERA America will assist with evaluation and documentation and help disseminate lessons learned from the projects.
Companies that describe multiyear approaches may request consideration for two-year grants.
Opera America will begin accepting applications on September 4, 2018.
See the Opera America website for complete program guidelines, information about previous recipients, and application instructions.