IDEA Opera Residencies

IDEA Opera Residencies (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) welcome new-to-opera composers and librettists of color living in New York City into the field by providing direct grants, residencies at OPERA America’s National Opera Center, mentorship, and career support.

OPERA America believes that different perspectives, cultural histories, life experiences, and personal stories are essential to the contemporary, American opera repertoire. IDEA Opera Residencies offer an entry point for artists of color to explore opera as a new artistic medium.

By combining direct grants, residencies, mentorship, and career support, this program provides unique opportunities to creators who have the potential to shape the future of opera.

IDEA Opera Residencies are supported by the Katherine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund of The Scherman Foundation

Grant Details

IDEA Opera Residencies provide direct grants of $10,000 to explore opera as an artistic medium, a stipend of up to $5,000 in career or promotional support, a one-year residency at OPERA America’s National Opera Center with up to $7,500 in facility and recording services, mentorship from field leaders, and participation at national convenings.

Eligibility: Composers and librettists who identify as African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and/or Native American, live in New York City, and have United States citizenship, permanent residence, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status may apply.

Next Application Cycle
Application available online: June 2021
Intent to apply deadline: July 28, 2021
Full application deadline: August 25, 2021
Adjudication: September 2021
Applicant notification: October 2021
Grant period: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022
How to Apply

Review the grant guidelines and application worksheets to apply. All applications must be submitted through OPERA America’s grants dashboard.

Grant Guidelines & Worksheets

For questions about applications or eligibility, contact us at or 646.699.5236.

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