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Current Grant Opportunities
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.
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.
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
Questions: Please direct questions about this grant program to Patricia K. Johnson, director of marketing and communications, at PKJohnson@operaamerica.org.
This grant program is now closed.
Repertoire Development Grants will be offered again in 2017.