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Grants and in-kind services of up to $25,000 to New York individual artists of color in eligible regions to compose original works of opera. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Grant recipients will receive a grant, a stipend, access to mentors and training workshops, and a one-year residency at OPERA America’s National Opera Center in midtown Manhattan. This program must benefit individuals residing in New York City.
Purpose IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Opera Residencies are OPERA America’s first grant program designed to welcome early-career composers and librettists of color living in New York City into the field by providing direct grants, residencies, mentorship and career support to artists who have the potential to shape the future of opera. This initiative, generously supported by the Katherine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund of The Scherman Foundation, is the first artist residency program offered by OPERA America at its state-of-the-art facility, the National Opera Center in New York.
OPERA America defines opera as a music-theater experience with a dramatic arc, written for trained voice(s) accompanied by instruments. In this document, the author of the music will be referred to as the composer and the author of the text will be referred to as the librettist, although applicants may have prior experience as songwriters, poets or playwrights.
Supported Activities IDEA Opera Residencies will support the exploration of opera as an artistic media through the creation of arias, monologues, scenes, or even a full work that culminates with any of the following:
NOTE: These are examples of typical developmental activities and are not meant to limit the goals of any application.
For a list of eligible expenses, see the following link:
GrantWatch ID#: 187957
Grant recipients will receive awards of approximately $25,000 including:
- A $10,000 direct grant to explore opera as an artistic medium through the creation of arias, scenes, monologues or a full work;
- A stipend of up to $5,000 in career or promotional support such as website development, graphic design, photography, portfolio recording, travel or other resources;
- A one-year residency at OPERA America’s National Opera Center in midtown Manhattan for use of the state-of-the-art rehearsal and performance facilities and recording services (valued at $7,500);
- Mentorship from field leaders and training including a two-part Opera Entrepreneurship Workshop; and
- Introduction to the field at OPERA America’s New Works Forum and Opera Conference between January and June 2021 with complimentary registrations and transportation stipend (valued at $2,250).
Grant-funded activities must be completed by July 31, 2021.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply: https://www.operaamerica.org/content/about/GrantsDashboard.aspx
Contact Kristal Pacific, grantmaking manager, at KPacific@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5236 with any
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