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Current Grant Opportunities


THE OPERA FUND: REPERTOIRE DEVELOPMENT

Repertoire Development grants assist OPERA America Professional Company Members and their partners in meeting the special costs incurred by developing and producing new North American opera and music-theater works. A PCM may apply as a sole applicant or as part of a consortium. Grant range:

  • Up to $65,000 for consortium support
  • Up to $35,000 for sole applicant support
Application available online: June 2015
Intent to apply deadline: August 18, 2015
Application deadline: October 6, 2015
Applications adjudicated: November 2015
Grantees notified: December 2015

GuidelinesThe Opera Fund: Repertoire Development 2015-16 Guidelines (PDF)
Worksheet: The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development 2015-16 Applicatoin Worksheet (PDF)

QuestionsPlease direct questions about this grant program to Laura Lee Everett, director of artistic services, 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 Jeffrey Larson, artistic services manager, at JLarson@operaamerica.org.


Building Opera Audiences

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 16, 2015
Application deadline: January 29, 2016

Guidelines: Building Opera Audiences 2015 Guidelines (PDF)
Worksheet: Building Opera Audiences 2015 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.

Application open online: November 2, 2015
Intent to Apply deadline: December 11, 2015
Application deadline: January 22, 2015
Applications adjudicated: Mid-March 2016
Grantees notified: Late March 2016

QuestionsPlease direct questions about this grant program to Jeffrey Larson, artistic services manager, at JLarson@operaamerica.org.


Showcase Nominations for the 2016 New Works Sampler and 2017 New Works Forum 
Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
OPERA America invites nominations for two distinct opportunities to showcase new American works by submitting nominations for panel review. The two showcase venues are
:
  1. The New Works Sampler at Opera Conference 2016 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Ten-minute excerpts of up to six new works will be performed on Friday, May 20, 2016.
  2. The New Works Forum, planned for January 2017 at the National Opera Center in New York City. Thirty-minute scenes or excerpts will be performed during the Forum.
Showcase nominations may only be made by OPERA America Professional Company, Associate, Educational Producing Associate and Publisher Members in good standing. Individual members are not eligible to nominate works for consideration. 

Nomination form available online: August 2015
Nomination deadline: December 17, 2015
Nominations adjudicated: January 2016

Guidelines and nomination worksheets will be available in August 2015.

Questions: Please direct questions about this grant program to Jeffrey Larson, artistic services manager, atJLarson@operaamerica.org.