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Building Opera Audiences Grant

Grants to USA and Canada Member Companies to
Promote Increased Attendance at Opera Performances

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Foundation / Corporation

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OPERA America, supported by Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

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Grants to USA and Canada member companies for projects that lead to new and more frequent attendance at opera performances. Letters of Intent are due by December 16. Funding is intended to assist new initiatives and existing programs that cultivate new attendees, retain current or lapsed audiences, and foster deeper loyalty among existing patrons.

Grants will be awarded in two categories:

1. Revolutionary Grants (up to $100,000)
This category is highly competitive and is intended to stimulate breakthrough ideas on a large scale. Applications will be evaluated based on the project’s capacity to create a pioneering model for audience building in the opera field. As many as two $100,000 grants will be awarded.

2. Innovation Grants (up to $40,000)
This category will support projects that are smaller in scope and carry significant capacity to advance the organization’s audience-building goals and impart learning to the rest of the field.

Applicants may apply for only one of the two funding categories.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159201

Number of Grants:

Up to two Revolutionary Grants will be made.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Revolutionary Grants: Up to $100,000.

Innovation Grants: Up to $40,000.

Term of Contract:

Funded activities may not commence before May 1, 2015 and must be completed by August 31, 2016.

Companies may only apply for one year of support at a time. Applicants are invited to explain multi-year strategies that may extend beyond a single season, but grants will cover costs only within the stipulated timeframe.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The lead applicant must be a Professional Company Member (PCM) of OPERA America.

Both USA and Canada organizations are eligible for this grant.

The application will be advanced for consideration only if the applicant company:
- Is current in membership dues;
- Has been a PCM of OPERA America for at least one year;
- Has submitted the most recent required Professional Opera Survey;
- Has submitted reports from any prior OPERA America grants; and
- Has the OPERA America logo, including a hyperlink to the OPERA America website, in a prominent location on its website.

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The program does not fund:
- Employee fees or salaries
- Institutional overhead
- Costs incurred prior to the grant start date
- Ticket subsidies
- Transportation costs above coach class

Pre-Application Information:

Intent to Apply available: November 5, 2015
Intent to Apply deadline: December 16, 2015
Application deadline: January 29, 2016

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.

All Intents and Applications must be submitted online at

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please direct questions about this grant program to Patricia K. Johnson, director of marketing and communications, at

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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