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.

Focus

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, yhong@americanorchestras.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

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