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National Endowment for the Arts Funds Over $100 Million to Support the Arts

On May 9, 2018, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the awardees of their second round of grants for the year. They awarded 1,071 grants totalling over $80 million to support artists and arts organizations throughout the United States. In February 2018, the NEA awarded 936 grants totalling $25 million. These grants are awarded for specific projects across all artistic disciplines. Jane Chu, the NEA Chairman stated, “The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country.” Congratulations to our InstantEncore partners who were awarded grants in February and May:

5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, WA: $20,000 to support the production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by Peter Parnell, based on the 1831 Victor Hugo novel.

Alabama Dance Council (Alabama Dance Festival), Birmingham, AL: $25,000 to support the Alabama Dance Festival.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Inc., Montgomery, AL: $10,000 to support the 2018 Southern Writers’ Project.

American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA: $30,000 to support the world premiere of “The Black Clown,” a vaudeville oratorio by Michael Schachter and Davóne Tines.

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage, AK: $15,000 to support Young People’s Concerts.

Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.: $45,000 to support Arena Stage’s world premiere production of “Snow Child,” a new musical by playwright John Strand, with music and lyrics by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt.

Arizona Opera, Phoenix, AZ: $20,000 to support performances of “Silent Night” by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell and the Cultural Festival.

Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin, TX: $25,000 to support Connecting with Music, an interdisciplinary learning initiative for high school students.

Ballet Arizona, Phoenix, AZ: $30,000 to support Ballet Under the Stars, a free outdoor performance series in local parks throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Ballet Austin, Austin, TX: $10,000 to support the creation and performance of a contemporary ballet by Pam Tanowitz.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA: $50,000 to support the creation and development of new work in The Ground Floor Center program.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston, MA: $15,000 to support the creation and premiere of a new work by composer and percussionist Ryan Edwards featuring music with projected images and related educational activities.

Celebrity Series of Boston, Boston, MA: $15,000 to support the Neighborhood Arts program, a partnership with local community organizations to provide opportunities to experience high quality performing arts events.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Inc., New York, NY: $50,000 to support a series of chamber music concerts focusing on presentations made in the 1820’s by the Austrian violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh with related educational activities.

Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati, OH: $33,000 to support the commission and premiere of the opera “Blind Injustice,” developed in partnership with the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP). $30,000 to support the U.S. premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall” with lyrics by Roger Waters and an operatic score by composer Julian Bilodeau.

Dallas Opera, Dallas, TX: $40,000 to support performances of “L’Africaine” (“The African Woman”) by composer Giacomo Meyerbeer and librettist Eugene Scribe.

Des Moines Performing Arts, Des Moines, IA: $10,000 to support the Dance Series, a presentation of professional dance companies.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI: $45,000 to support the French Festival concert series and related educational activities.

Florida Grand Opera, Inc., Miami, FL: $25,000 to support the touring performances of “Frida” by composer Roberto Xavier Rodriguez and librettist Migdalia Cruz and correlating outreach programs.

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN: $45,000 to  support the regional premiere of “Familiar” by Danai Gurira.

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI: $25,000 to support the exhibition “Hoohawaii: The King Kalakaua Era.”

Houston Symphony, Houston, TX: $30,000 to support the Community-Embedded Musicians program.

International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc. (aka IABD), Silver Spring, MD: $15,000 to support the 31st annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance.

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Inc. (aka KCFAA), Kansas City, MO: $15,000 to support dance education programs for youth.

Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Inc., Kansas City, MO: $30,000 to support KC Rep’s 2018 OriginKC: New Works Festival.

Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City, MO: $15,000 to support A Century of Bernstein, a series of concerts and educational activities in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, MO: $25,000 to support the Future Stages Festival.

La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA: $20,000 to support La Jolla Playhouse’s Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour, a theater education program for elementary and middle school students.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc., Kansas City, MO: $35,000 to support performances of “West Side Story” by composer Leonard Bernstein.

New York Philharmonic, New York, NY: $45,000 to support the Philharmonic Schools initiative, a music education program in New York City Public Schools. $25,000 to support the production of weekly public radio broadcast, “The New York Philharmonic This Week.”

Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA: $40,000 to support performances of “Written on Skin” by composer George Benjamin and librettist Martin Crimp.

Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh, PA: $25,000 to support a new production of “Moby Dick” by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh, PA: $35,000 to support a commissioning and performance project celebrating Music Director Manfred Honeck’s tenth anniversary season.

Regents of the University of California at Berkeley (on behalf of Cal Performances), Berkeley, CA: $35,000 to support an artist-in-residence project by the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra at Cal Performances.

San Diego Symphony, San Diego, CA: $20,000 to support a music festival exploring the connection of rhythm and beat in the human experience.

Sarasota Opera, Sarasota, FL: $20,000 to support the Sarasota Youth Opera’s production of “The Little Sweep” by composer Benjamin Britten.

Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle, WA: $15,000 to support an all-female production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, produced in collaboration with upstart crow collective.

Seattle Symphony, Seattle, WA: $45,000 to support a performance project featuring new orchestral and chamber music works and a composition workshop for young composers.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis, MO: $45,000 to support a concert series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Powell Hall.

Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Denver, CO: $10,000 to support a production of “Speed Killed my Cousin” by Carpetbag Theater and associated educational programs.

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia, PA: $80,000 to support The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free Neighborhood Concerts, PlayINS, and community residencies. $76,000 to support a music therapy program for Philadelphia’s homeless population in partnership with Broad Street Ministry.

The Washington Chorus, Washington, D.C.: $15,000 to support a choral performance project celebrating the centennial of American composer Leonard Bernstein’s birth.

TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, CA: $20,000 to support the development of new plays and musicals through readings, workshops, and productions.

TimeLine Theatre Company, Chicago, IL: $10,000 to support the Chicago premiere of “Boy,” a new play by Anna Ziegler.

ZACH Theatre, Austin, TX: $30,000 to support a production of “Sunday in the Park with George,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an independent federal agency that was established in 1965 by Congress. Their funding and support for the arts creates millions of jobs and provides equal access to the arts throughout the United States. For a complete list of grantees visit: www.arts.gov/news

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