League of American Orchestras Awards Grants to 21 U.S. Orchestras Incubating Innovation
The League of American Orchestras has announced the award of grants to 21 U.S. orchestras. The grants, in the amount of $80,000-$150,000 each, focus on an array of programs incubating organizational innovation and experimentation. The two-year innovation grants, part of the recently launched American Orchestras' Future Fund, are made possible by the generous support of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.
The initiatives funded in this round include a wide range of innovation efforts, from community and neighborhood residencies, programs redefining the concert experience, and initiatives aimed at increasing audience diversity, to piloting new organizational practices, fruitful artistic collaborations, and the use of new technologies within the concert hall. Descriptions of the initiatives to be supported through the Futures Fund can be found here.
"These twenty-one orchestras from across the country were chosen for their ability to influence a positive future for the art form. They are making significant and exciting investments in organizational learning and innovation," said Jesse Rosen, President and CEO, League of American Orchestras. "We are grateful to the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation for their visionary support of this new program."
"We are delighted by the diversity and reach of the twenty-one initiatives chosen in the first round of the American Orchestras' Futures Fund," said Lisa Delan, Director, the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. "The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation is deeply appreciative of the opportunity to collaborate with the League of American Orchestras on this program, and for the vision and courageousness of its member orchestras in exploring new ways to impact their communities, field-wide learning, and the future of classical music."
The $4.5 million American Orchestras' Future Fund program will include another round of two-year grants for small- and medium-budget orchestras, to be announced in 2018.
For this first round, U.S.-based large- and medium-budget orchestras that are members of the League of American Orchestras were eligible to apply. An independent review panel selected the orchestras based on criteria including the organization's capacity to respond and adapt to opportunities and changed circumstances, and the potential for artistic, internal, community, public value, and field-wide impact. The program and evaluation consultants for the American Orchestras' Futures Fund are, respectively, Sarah Lutman (Lutman & Associates) and Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf (WolfBrown).
This round's Futures Fund recipients include:
Albany Symphony - expansion of the American Music Festival, the Symphony's multi-day celebration of living American composers and new orchestral compositions
Boston Symphony Orchestra - launch of BSO in Residence, an engagement initiative to build reciprocal partnerships between neighborhoods and the orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra - support for three audience development initiatives: DSO Teen Council, ReMix concert series, and SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival