Foundation / Corporation
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Grants of up to $35,000 to USA professional opera and musical theater companies and up to $65,000 to consortia to support the development and production of new opera and music-theater works. Applicants must submit an Intent to Apply by September 15. This program offers both financial and technical support to enhance the quantity, quality, and creativity of new opera and music theater produced in North America.
The goals of the program are to:
-Enhance the vitality of opera and music-theater in North America through the creation and production of new works;
-Develop a deeper and broader appreciation on the part of the general public for opera and music-theater companies;
-Encourage the creation of works that resonate with contemporary issues; and
-Encourage creative artists who will write and interpret new works.
The Opera Fund supports experimental forms of work and methods of producing new pieces in traditional and alternative performance venues. The Opera Fund encourages diversity (ethnic, cultural, gender) in all dimensions of a project, from creative and performing artists to audiences.
OPERA America encourages consortia to help leverage resources, increase the time available to observe and adjust a piece, and build awareness of new works among a broader audience. A consortium is defined by OPERA America as a partnership between producing organizations that leverages a broader range of expertise and resources on behalf of a project and guarantees subsequent performances of the work beyond its initial production run. Consortium projects in which creative artists demonstrate readiness to refine the work during the life of the consortium will be given a higher priority for support.
Repertoire Development grants allow the creators and/or producers to assess and refine a work-in-progress. The primary intent of these grants is to provide financial assistance for the development of the work and the creative process, although some proposed projects may also serve an audience development purpose. The grant may be used to offset fees to creative artists, such as dramaturgs, recording expenditures for evaluation and archival purposes, or other costs associated with the development of a new opera or music-theater work, including but not limited to:
Only coach-class airfare will be covered by grants for applications requesting air transportation.
GrantWatch ID#: 159204
-Up to $65,000 for consortium support
-Up to $35,000 for sole applicant support
The size of an individual grant varies according to the project’s total costs as defined in
the preliminary budget, the number of members in the consortium (if applicable) and the amount of funds available at the time of adjudication. It is OPERA America’s intent to grant awards large enough to contribute substantially to the cost of a project.
Projects may not commence before January 2018.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Claire Gohorel, Grantmaking Manager
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