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GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
 

The Opera Fund: Audience Development

Audience Development grants help OPERA America Professional Company Members (PCMs) and their partners to develop new and deeper relationships with audiences for new or infrequently produced American operas and music-theater works. Activities must be held in conjunction with the creation and/or presentation of the work.

Application available online: July 1, 2016
Intent to Apply deadline: August 18, 2016
Application deadline: October 6, 2016
Applications adjudicated: November 2016
Grantees notified: December 2016
Grant period: January 2017 – August 2018

Guidelines: 2017 Audience Development Grant Guidelines (PDF)
Worksheet: 2017 Audience Development Grant Application Worksheet (PDF)
Apply: All Intents and Applications must be submitted online at grants.operaamerica.org.

Questions? Please direct questions about this grant program to Leah D. Barto, director of learning and leadership, at LBarto@operaamerica.org.


The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 
Supported by The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund

This 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. OPERA America will consider applications from director- or designer-driven teams of artists. Each team must create a production proposal for an opera chosen from a curated list. Selected finalists will be funded to further develop their production design for presentation at Opera Conference 2017. At the 2013 Director-Designer Showcase, over 80 opera producers attended the presentation and more than 18,000 viewed the live stream.

The Director-Designer Showcase is open to emerging opera/theater artists, regardless of membership status with OPERA America.

Application available online: July 2016
Intent to Apply deadline: August 31, 2016
Application deadline: October 4, 2016
Applications adjudicated: November 2016
Grantees notified: November 2016

Guidelines: 2017 Director-Designer Showcase Grant Guidelines (PDF)
Application Questions: 2017 Director-Designer Showcase Grant Application Questions (PDF)

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


NEW WORKS EXPLORATION GRANTS (2016-2017)

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 2017 (July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017); 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, 2017 or until the funds are exhausted.

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

 


CAREER BLUEPRINTS FOR SINGERS

OPERA America's Career Blueprints program provides a unique opportunity for singers to overhaul and build a complete professional audition package. Recent graduates and more seasoned singers alike can learn how to revamp their audition packages and gain tools for preparing to enter the audition hall.

Thanks to the generous underwriting by the Howard Gilman Foundation, this professional development package (valued at over $2,000) is available to qualified applicants for $195 for members and $270 for non-members (including a one-year membership to OPERA America).

May 4:           Applications open
July 12:         Application deadline (11:59 p.m. EDT)
July 18:         24 awardees and up to 10 alternate applicants notified
July 22:         Deposit due for awardees to confirm their participation  
August 19:    Balance due for participation

Sample: Career Blueprints Recommendation Letter example (PDF)

Questions: Please direct questions about this grant program to Justin Giles, artistic services coordinator, at JGiles@operaamerica.org.

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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.


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 (2015-2016)

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.

 

THE OPERA FUND: REPERTOIRE DEVELOPMENT

This grant program is now closed.

Repertoire Development Grants will be offered again in 2017.