OPERA America Announces Recipients of 2018 Innovation Grants
Generously Funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
A Total of $1.2 Million Awarded to 20 Companies to Foster Innovation and Field-Wide Learning
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading champion of American opera, is pleased to announce the recipients of the second cycle of Innovation Grants, generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
Launched in fall 2016, Innovation Grants support exceptional projects that have the capacity to strengthen the field’s most important areas of practice, including artistic vitality, audience experience, organizational effectiveness and community connections. These grants invest up to $1.5 million annually in OPERA America’s Professional Company Members, enabling organizations of all sizes to increase their commitment to experimentation and innovation, as well as contribute to field-wide learning.
Twenty companies received awards in this granting cycle:
- American Opera Projects (New York, NY)
- Anchorage Opera
- The Dallas Opera
- Haymarket Opera Company (Chicago, IL)
- Nashville Opera
- Nautilus Music-Theater (St. Paul, MN)
- New Orleans Opera
- On Site Opera (New York, NY)
- Opera Columbus (Columbus, OH)
- Opéra de Montréal
- Opera in the Heights and Pacific Opera Project
(Houston, TX, and Los Angeles, CA)
- Opera Memphis
- Opera North (Lebanon, NH)
- Opera on Tap (New York, NY)
- Opera Philadelphia
- Opera San Luis Obispo
- Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
- Pittsburgh Opera
- San Diego Opera
These grants will fund a wide range of initiatives, including the production of socially relevant works with civic resonance; projects designed to make opera inclusive and accessible; the fusion of technology with live performance; partnerships among arts and non-arts organizations; research into the audience experience; and career-development programs for opera creators and artists. (See below for details about all the funded initiatives.)
In addition to providing direct financial support to these companies, the Innovation Grants program includes infrastructure to capture and assess outcomes of funded projects. OPERA America will provide administrative and technical support that will enable companies to document successes and learn from one another. Outcomes will be shared at future OPERA America meetings and conferences, as well as through publications and other learning tools.
“Thanks to the profound generosity of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, our member companies have received support to explore new strategies and experiments — to expand the boundaries of their current practices and nimbly adapt to an ever-changing field,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America. “These grants benefit more than just the recipients; through the lessons learned from the funded initiatives, companies throughout North America will be able to replicate and adopt good ideas, and ultimately contribute to a stronger art form.”
Submitted by 48 American and Canadian companies, grant applications were adjudicated by an
independent panel consisting of Snehal Desai, producing artistic director, East West Players; Sue Elliott, director of teacher certification, The Royal Conservatory of Music; Seena Hodges, associate vice president of strategy and communications, The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations; Barry Joseph, associate director for digital learning, American Museum of Natural History; Margaret M. Lioi, chief executive officer, Chamber Music America; Michael Rohd, founding artistic director, Sojourn Theater, and executive director, Center for Performance and Civic Practice; and Jane Weaver-Sobel, field consultant, and former interim general director, Fort Worth Opera and Austin Opera.
Applications for the next cycle of Innovation Grants will open this fall. Visit operaamerica.org/Grants to learn more about Innovation Grants, as well as OPERA America’s complete grant offerings.