Co-Production Loan Fund

The Co-Production Loan Fund offers no-interest, no-fee loans to Professional Company Members to ease their participation in co-production partnerships of new and existing American operas with other companies.

Co-production is time-tested strategy to leverage the resources of several opera companies around the presentation of a single opera. It distributes production expenses across partner companies and ensures the work will have audiences in multiple cities.

Nevertheless, not all companies have the financial strength or liquidity to make advance payments on a production that won’t be presented for several seasons. The Co-Production Loan Fund offers more companies the financial flexibility to take advantage of the benefits of co-producing.

The Co-Production Loan Fund is made possible by the Mellon Foundation.

Loan Details

The Co-Production Loan Fund offers each company in a co-production partnership a loan of up to $100,000, not to exceed $250,000 for a single project, that must be repaid in the fiscal year that the company presents the production.

Eligibility: OPERA America’s Professional Company Members based in the United States may apply.

How to Apply

Professional Company Member staff can log in to view loan guidelines and application deadlines. To learn about becoming a Professional Company Member, visit Organizational Membership.