Opera America Announces Innovation Grant Winners for 2020

By Logan Martell

OPERA America has announced the 13 Professional Company Members who will receive a total of $980,000 in the fourth cycle of the organization’s Innovation Grants program.

Recipients of a two-year grant are American Lyric Theater, Center for Contemporary Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, IN Series, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Omaha, Opera Saratoga, Portland Opera, and San Diego Opera.

Recipients of a one-year grant are Eugene Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Cultura, and Opera Memphis.

“At a time of such uncertainty, we’re excited to see so many opera companies looking toward the future and actively seeking ways to enrich the art form and benefit their communities,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America, in a press release. “Thanks to the generosity of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, our member companies can explore new creative ideas, business practices, and civic practice initiatives that will help them grow beyond their current capabilities and allow them to adapt to an ever-changing field and environment.”

The winning companies were selected from a pool of 30 applicants and judged by an independent panel. The winners will also receive administrative and technical support to assess their projects, and share their results in meetings and conferences to facilitate learning.

Funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, these grants are meant to enable companies to further their commitment to experimentation and innovation in the arts. Since its founding in 2016, the program has awarded almost $6 million to help OPERA America’s company members advance the art form.