Opera Grants for Female Composers
Supported by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation
Opera Grants for Female Composers support the development of new operas by women, both directly to individual composers and to OPERA America Professional Company Members, increasing diversity across the field.
Building Opera Audiences
- DISCOVERY GRANTS (2014)
OPERA America invites proposals for grants of up to $15,000 from female composers able to document their ability to compose theatrical works for the classically trained voice and instrumental ensemble. In addition, grant recipients will have the opportunity to meet leaders in the field and the chance to participate in Forum meetings and annual conferences.
- December 2013: Application available online
- February 10, 2014: Application deadline
- Mid-March 2014: Applications adjudicated
- Late March 2014: Grantees notified
Guidelines: 2014 Discovery Grant Guidelines
Application Questions: 2014 Discovery Grant Application Questions
Application tools: Sample Budget
Apply: All applications must be submitted online at grants.operaamerica.org.
- COMMISSIONING GRANTS (2015)
The second year of this program will help support commissioning of works by talented women composing for the opera stage by OPERA America Professional Company Members. Application guidelines and more information will be available in August 2014.
The Building Opera Audiences grant program assists the efforts of Professional Company Members (PCMs) to build audiences for opera through projects that lead to new and more frequent attendance at opera performances. Generously supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, these one-year grants offer assistance for new initiatives and existing programs that cultivate new attendees, retain current or lapsed audiences and foster deeper loyalty among existing patrons.
2014 grants will be awarded in two categories:
- REVOLUTIONARY GRANTS (up to $100,000)
This new category will be 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.
- 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.
Guidelines: Building Opera Audiences
- January 2014: Intent to Apply Forms available
- February 4, 2014: Intent to Apply deadline
- March 4, 2014: Application deadline
- April 2014: Applications adjudicated
- April 2014: Grantees notified
All intents to apply must be submitted online at grants.operaamerica.org
Please direct questions about this grant program to Patricia K. Johnson, director of marketing and communications, at PKJohnson@operaamerica.org
New Works Exploration Grants
New Works Exploration Grants provide travel and lodging support to representatives of OPERA America Professional Company Members to attend a performance or workshop of a new American work. During the trip, the recipient must meet with the creative artists and administrators responsible for the piece’s creation. The goals of the program are to broaden awareness of new North American opera and music-theater works across the field, and create relationships among opera companies interested in pursuing the creation and production of new works. Grants cover the cost of transportation and lodging. There is no limit to the number of grants a company may receive during FY2014 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014); however, the total amount granted to a single company cannot exceed $2,000 during the year.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 1, 2014
To apply, please read the guidelines and instructions available here
Forum Travel Stipends
OPERA America’s new Strategic Plan, New Challenges, New Opportunities, New Capacities: 2010 – 2015
, calls for the establishment of a more dynamic partnership with members to identify broad trends and generate ideas that respond to challenges and opportunities. Forums have been established in critical artistic and administrative areas to increase the breadth and depth of member involvement in discussion of critical issues and actions OPERA America can take to respond to them. OPERA America is pleased to offer a limited number of travel subsidies to members attending this year’s meetings of the Electronic Media Forum, Education Forum, Singer Training Forum and Technical/Production Forum.
Applications are addressed on a first-come, first-served basis in advance of each respective forum meeting.
Stipend applications are available through forum registration. To learn more, click here
FUTURE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
OPERA America’s grant opportunities are made possible through the generosity of Opera Fund donors and 40th Anniversary Annual Fund donors, The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
- August 2014 – The Opera Fund: Audience Development
- August 2014 – The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase
- August 2014 – Commissioning Grants for Female Composers
- August 2015 – The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development