NEA Awards $130,000 in grants to ACSO and Seven of its Members

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced $80.4 million in grants as part of its second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) to support its 2019 Annual Conference which provides professional development for orchestra staff and board members.

“Reflecting the diverse artistic richness of our nation, these Arts Endowment-funded projects are varied in their size, scope, and artistic discipline,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The projects also illustrate the unique geographic reach of Arts Endowment funding, serving Americans in places large and small in all corners of the country.”

“Grants from the NEA make it possible for us and so many of our members and arts colleagues in California to do our work. The NEA is truly the lifeblood of the arts in our country,” said ACSO Executive Director Sarah Weber.

In addition to ACSO’s funding, seven ACSO organizational members were awarded grants in the Art Works category, the NEA’s largest funding category that supports projects in 13 artistic disciplines and fields ranging from arts education to visual arts.

ACSO member grantees include:
Berkeley Symphony
$15,000 Berkeley, CA

To support the Music in the Schools initiative.
Youth Orchestras of Fresno 
$10,000 Fresno, CA
To support the annual FOOSA Summer Orchestra Festival, an intensive two-week orchestral immersion program with concerts and recitals for the public.
American Youth Symphony
$15,000 Los Angeles, CA

To support a music concert inspired by nature.
Santa Cecilia Orchestra
$10,000 Los Angeles, CA

To support Discovering Music, a performance and community engagement project.
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
$15,000 Napa, CA 
To support a commissioning and performance project of a new work by composer Michael Gilbertson.
Mainly Mozart Inc. 
$15,000 San Diego, CA

To support staff and travel costs for the annual Mainly Mozart Festival.
San Diego Youth Symphony
$35,000 San Diego, CA

To support instrumental music education for students in the San Diego area.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit The next application deadline for NEA Art Works, Part 2 grant support is July 11, 2019.

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