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IDEA Opera Grants

IDEA Opera Grants (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) support new works by creators from the global majority

Initiated in 2019, IDEA Opera Grants are OPERA America’s first grant program designed with a racial equity lens. This annual grant supports the promotion and development of new works by artists who identify as one or more of these racial and ethnic heritages: Arab, Asian, Black, Latinx, Native American, and Pacific Islander.

OPERA America believes that different perspectives, cultural histories, life experiences, and personal stories enrich the operatic repertoire. OPERA America is dedicated to supporting creators who reflect the diversity of the nation.

IDEA Opera Grants are supported by the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation.

Grant Details

IDEA Opera Grants provide $18,000 per team to support costs associated with the production of a workshop, reading, or other performance-based event and to create a high-quality video of the work in development. Team members also receive complimentary registrations, transportation, and a housing stipend (valued at $2,250) to attend OPERA America’s Opera Conference and New Works Forum.

Eligibility: IDEA Opera Grants are available to individual composers and/or librettists who identify as Arab, Asian, Black, Latinx, Native American, and/or Pacific Islander. At least 50 percent of team members must have United States citizenship, permanent residence, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. See the guidelines below for full eligibility details.

Important Dates & Deadlines
Application available online: September 2022
Intent to apply deadline: November 3, 2023
Required for access to full application
Full application deadline: December 1, 2023
Adjudication: January 2024
Grantee Announcement No later than March 29, 2024
Grant Activity Period April 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025
How to Apply

Review the guidelines and application questions before applying. All applications must be submitted through OPERA America’s Grants Dashboard.

Guidelines & Worksheets

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For questions about applications or eligibility, contact us at Grants@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5236.

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