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GRANT OPPORTUNITIES 

OPERA CONFERENCE 2016 NEW WORKS FORUM TRAVEL GRANTS

Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Inaugurated in November 2011, OPERA America’s New Works Forum is the pre-eminent national convening dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of new American operas produced and performed across the country. The forum meets twice a year, first in New York City, then at the annual Opera Conference. In New York, the forum includes a variety of essential elements such as facilitated discussion, presentation of case studies, showcases of works both completed and in development, performances of important new operas and network building among producers and creative artists. The convening at the annual Conference provides an opportunity to further explore topics and issues introduced at the New York meeting.


Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, OPERA America is pleased to offer a limited number of travel subsidies to members attending this year’s New Works Forum and New Works Sampler, planned in conjunction with Opera Conference 2016 in Montréal. from May 18 – 21.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until May 2, 2016.

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

 

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 apply for 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. Grants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the grant pool is exhausted.


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.


CAREER BLUEPRINTS FOR SINGERS

Career Blueprints for Singers is a five-day program that prepares singers for the audition season. Seminars will provide opportunities to hear from experts on a wide range of topics — from audition etiquette and attire to personal branding and the business of being a professional singer.

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THE ROBERT L.B. TOBIN DIRECTOR-DESIGNER SHOWCASE 

Supported by The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund

Information on the next cycle of this grant will be available in July 2016. 

This biennial program is offered as part of OPERA America’s continuing effort to foster emerging opera artists. The program is intended to bring new talent to the forefront and connect promising directors and designers with those who are in a position to advance their careers.


SHOWCASE NOMINATIONS FOR THE NEW WORKS SAMPLER 

Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This grant program is now closed. Information on the next cycle of this grant will be available in July 2016. 

 
BUILDING OPERA AUDIENCES 

Supported by Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
 
This grant program is now closed. Information on the next cycle of this grant will be available in July 2016. 

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.

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

Supported by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

This grant program is now closed. Information on the next cycle of this grant will be available in July 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 Commissioning Grants are only open to OPERA America Professional Company Members for application.

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
 
Supported by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

This grant program is now closed. Information on the next cycle of this grant will be available in July 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.

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.
 

THE OPERA FUND: REPERTOIRE DEVELOPMENT

This grant program is now closed.

Repertoire Development Grants will be offered again in 2017.