OPERA America Awards Total of $980,000 in Innovation Grants to 13 Member Companies
Generously Funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
OPERA America is pleased to announce the 13 Professional Company Members receiving a total of $980,000 as part of the fourth cycle of the Innovation Grants program. These grants enable organizations of all sizes to increase their commitment to experimentation and innovation, as well as contribute to field-wide learning. The grants are generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
Launched in 2016, Innovation Grants support Professional Company Members in implementing innovative projects in opera’s most important areas of practice, including artistic vitality, audience experience, organizational effectiveness, and community connections. Since its inception, the program has awarded almost $6 million to help OPERA America company members move opera forward.
The 13 companies receiving awards are:
- American Lyric Theater* (New York, NY)
- Center for Contemporary Opera* (New York, NY)
- Eugene Opera (Eugene, OR)
- The Glimmerglass Festival* (Cooperstown, NY)
- IN Series* (Washington, D.C.)
- Michigan Opera Theatre* (Detroit, MI)
- Nashville Opera (Nashville, TN)
- Opera Cultura (San Jose, CA)
- Opera Memphis (Memphis, TN)
- Opera Omaha* (Omaha, NE)
- Opera Saratoga* (Saratoga Springs, NY)
- Portland Opera* (Portland, OR)
- San Diego Opera* (San Diego, CA)
*Denotes a two-year grant. See below for details about all the funded initiatives.
The grantees were selected from a pool of 30 applications, which were adjudicated by an independent panel consisting of Patrick Castillo, composer, performer, writer, and educator; Ed Harsh, director of strategic initiatives, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music; Jessica Jahn, costume designer; Jeanne LeSage, principal, LeSage Arts Management; and Koven Smith, principal, Koven J. Smith Consulting.
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 provides administrative and technical support that helps companies to document successes and learn from one another. Outcomes are shared at OPERA America meetings and conferences, as well as through publications and other learning tools.
“At a time of such uncertainty, we’re excited to see so many opera companies looking toward the future and actively seeking ways to enrich the art form and benefit their communities,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America. “Thanks to the generosity of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, our member companies can explore new creative ideas, business practices, and civic practice initiatives that will help them grow beyond their current capabilities and allow them to adapt to an ever-changing field and environment.”
Visit Grants & Awards to learn more about Innovation Grants and other OPERA America grant programs