NEA Announces $220,000 in Grants Funds to 8 ACSO Members

On January 10, 2023, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the first round of recommended awards for fiscal year 2023, with more than $34 million in funding to support the arts nationwide. This is the first of the NEA’s two major grant announcements each fiscal year and includes grants to organizations through the NEA’s Grants for Arts Projects, Challenge America, and Research Awards categories. Eight ACSO members have been selected for grants, totaling $220,000 in funding (see list below). For the full announcement from the NEA, please click here.

“Together, these grants show the NEA’s support nationwide for strengthening our arts and cultural ecosystems, providing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contributing to the health of our communities and our economy,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “I encourage everyone to explore these projects and the ways they help provide inspiration, understanding, and opportunities for us to live more artful lives.”

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

  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra - $20,000
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic Association - $60,000
  • Oakland Symphony - $15,000
  • Pacific Symphony - $25,000
  • Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale - $20,000
  • San Diego Symphony - $15,000
  • San Francisco Symphony - $50,000
  • Santa Rosa Symphony - $15,000

The next Grants for Arts Projects application deadlines are Thursday, February 9 and Thursday, July 6, 2023. Visit for guidelines and application resources. A webinar about this grant opportunity will take place on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at 3:00 pm ET.  

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