The League of American Orchestras has announced today the winners of the first round of the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, made possible through the generous support of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation and administered by the League.
This $4.5 million grants program (with $3 million in grants in the first cycle) will support a select number of orchestras that are making significant investments in organizational learning and innovation. Two-year organizational grants will be available for new or ongoing work that demonstrates an impact on the organization, and on its audiences and communities. U.S.-based adult and youth orchestras that are members of the League are eligible to apply in the second round.
Examples of the work that will be supported by the two-year organizational grants include but are not limited to one or more of the following:
- Experimenting with multi-media and new technologies inside the concert hall or outside the concert hall in order to engage with audiences in virtual and digital realms;
- Addressing new organizational models that explore alternatives to traditional operating models, offer new leadership structures, and redefine relationships among organizational stakeholders;
- Crafting programs on or off the stage that are responsive to and reflective of their communities and the key issues they face;
- Engaging neighborhoods and populations beyond the concert hall;
- Increasing participation and engagement in music by racially, ethnically, and economically diverse individuals and communities;
- Researching the reasons people attend, or don’t attend, concerts and tailor offerings to support multiple and distinct audience segments;
- Pursuing new strands of community service, such as health and wellness programming, lifelong learning activities, and cross-cultural creative partnerships;
- Developing new ways to advance classical music as an art form such as new forms of performance, new concert experiences, and new artistic partnerships;
- Pursuing other initiatives that result in organizational learning and innovation.
For further information, please be in touch with Yoo-Jin Hong, Director, Programs, League of American Orchestras, firstname.lastname@example.org or 646 822 4021.
And here is the link to the press release with the winners of the first round (big and mediam size orchestras): http://americanorchestras.org/images/stories/Futures_Fund_Announcement.pdf