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Current Grant Opportunities

Canadian New Works Nominations: 2016 New Works Sampler

Made possible by the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

The Canadian New Works Sampler, a showcase of works in progress and recent premieres, will share the stage with OPERA America's New Works Sampler for one night only on May 20, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec.

The New Works Sampler has become an important part of OPERA America’s annual conferences This year, artists will perform a selection of works during Opera Conference 2016 in Montréal. Up to four, ten-minute excerpts of new works will be selected to be performed on Friday, May 20, 2016.

If chosen for the event, Opera.ca will coordinate with the nominating organization to determine final performance excerpts, casting and production. The nominating organization is not expected to cover artistic or production expenses associated with the event.

Letter of Intent Deadline: January 22, 2016 
Application deadline: February 5, 2016

Before beginning the intent form, please read the eligibility requirements found here.

Questions: Please direct questions about this grant program to Christina Loewen, Executive Director, Opera.ca, at c_loewen@opera.ca



Showcase Nominations for the 2016 New Works Sampler and 2017 New Works Forum 
Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
This grant program is now closed.

 

BUILDING OPERA AUDIENCES 2016

Supported by Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

The Building Opera Audiences grant program assists the efforts of Professional Company Members to build audiences for opera through projects that lead to new and more frequent attendance at opera performances. Generously supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, these one-year grants offer assistance for new initiatives and existing programs that cultivate new attendees, retain current or lapsed audiences and foster deeper loyalty among existing patrons.

Note: In order to be considered for a grant, companies must first submit the Intent to Apply form. Only companies with approved intents will have access to the full grant Application.

Intent to Apply available: November 5, 2015
Intent to Apply deadline: December 15, 2015
Application deadline: January 27, 2016

 

Guidelines: Building Opera Audiences 2016 Guidelines (PDF)
Worksheet: Building Opera Audiences 2016 Application Worksheet (PDF)

Questions: Please direct questions about this grant program to Patricia K. Johnson, director of marketing and communications, at PKJohnson@operaamerica.org

 

 

OPERA GRANTS FOR FEMALE COMPOSERS: COMMISSIONING GRANTS (2016)

 Supported by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

In 2016, Commissioning Grants will help support the commissioning of works by female composers by OPERA America Professional Company Members. Grants of as much as $50,000 will cover up to 50 percent of a female composer's fee for a full-production of a commissioned new work. This program is supported by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

The 2016 Commissioning Grants are only open to OPERA America Professional Company Members for application.

Application open online: November 2, 2015
Intent to Apply deadline: December 11, 2015
Application deadline: January 29, 2015  *DEADLINE EXTENDED*
Applications adjudicated: Mid-March 2016
Grantees notified: Late March 2016

QuestionsPlease direct questions about this grant program to Laura Lee Everett, artistic services director, at LEverett@operaamerica.org.

 

Opera Grants for Female Composers: Discovery Grants (2016)
 
Supported by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

In 2016, Discovery Grants will provide grants of up to $15,000 for female composers who are able to document their ability to compose theatrical works for the classically trained voice and instrumental ensemble. Each Discovery Grant will provide financial assistance to advance and promote an opera in development. 

Discovery Grants are only open to individual American female composers, regardless of membership status with OPERA America.

Intent to Apply availableNovember 16, 2015
Intent to Apply deadline: December 21, 2015
Application deadline: February 12, 2016  11:59 p.m. EST

Guidelines: Discovery Grant (2016) Guidelines (PDF)
WorksheetDiscovery Grant (2016) Application Worksheet (PDF)
Sample: Budget Sample (PDF)

QuestionsPlease direct questions about this grant program to Laura Lee Everett, artistic services director, at LEverett@operaamerica.org.

2015-2016 New Works Exploration Grants

Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

New Works Exploration Grants provide travel and lodging support for representatives of OPERA America Professional Company Members in the U.S. to attend performances or workshops of new American works. During the trip, the recipient must meet with the creative artists and administrators responsible for the piece’s creation. The goals of the program are to broaden awareness of new American opera and music-theater works across the field and to create relationships among opera companies interested in pursuing the creation and production of new works. Grants cover the cost of transportation and lodging. There is no limit to the number of grants a company may receive during fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016); however, the total amount granted to a single company cannot exceed $3,000 during the year.


Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 15, 2016.

Questions: Please direct questions about this grant program to Noah Stern Weber, artistic services manager, at NSWeber@operaamerica.org.


THE OPERA FUND: REPERTOIRE DEVELOPMENT

This grant program is now closed.

Repertoire Development Grants will be offered again in 2017.