NEA Announces $205,000 in Grants to 8 ACSO Members

On May 18, 2022, for its second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2022, the National Endowment for the Arts recommended more than $91 million in recommended grants to organizations in all 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions. Eight ACSO members have been selected for grants, totaling $205,000 in funding (see list below). For the full announcement from the NEA, please click here.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation with these grants, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for a shared new normal informed by our examined experience.”

Sarah Weber, ACSO Executive Director, said, "We offer congratulations to the eight orchestras in the ACSO community that received project grants from the NEA. They are worthy recipients and are doing remarkable work in their communities. We are grateful to the NEA for continuing to support the classical music sector. NEA funding makes it possible for orchestras to create innovative programs, commission new music, connect more deeply with their communities, and further their impact."

Grants for Arts Projects - Music

  • Berkeley Symphony: $15,000
  • Cabrillo Music Festival: $30,000
  • Ojai Music Festival: $30,000
  • San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra: $15,000
  • San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra: $60,000
  • Santa Cecilia Orchestra: $10,000

Grants for Arts Projects - Arts Education

  • San Diego Youth Symphony: $25,000

Grants for Arts Projects - Opera

  • Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale: $20,000

The next deadlines for NEA Grants for Arts Projects are: 
Part 1 - July 7, 2022, & Part 2 - July 12 - 19, 2022. Visit for more information. 

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