Program

New Works Exploration Grants

Reimagined for 2021

With the cancellation of in-person premieres and the risks of traveling during a global pandemic, New Works Exploration Grants have been reimagined in 2021 for the work-from-home traveler.

The first of two rounds of grants will support opera producers in creating high-quality video highlights of recent premieres or operas-in-development as tools for promoting new works to colleagues and audiences worldwide.

Each of the selected producers will receive $1,000 to develop a five-minute video preview showcasing a new work. The video and its featured creators will be presented at a New Works Forum session where participants can begin conversations about potential collaborations.

A second round of grants for individual creators will be announced in the coming months.


New Works Exploration Grants provide travel subsidies for senior staff of Professional Company Members to travel to other cities to attend performances or workshops of new American operas.

Producers must stay current with new work by contemporary composers and librettists in order to make programming decisions in their local communities. The ability to travel to other companies to attend performances allows company leaders to meet with creators, consult colleagues, and lay the groundwork for subsequent presentations or co-productions of works in future seasons.

New Works Exploration Grants are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Grant Details

New Works Exploration Grants provide each applicant company with up to $2,000 to support the costs of transportation and lodging, or up to $4,000 if attending works by female composers. They are awarded on a rolling, first-come basis.

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

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