OPERA America Grants for Women Composers: Discovery Grants

Opera Grants for Women Composers: Discovery Grants support women composers in the development of new operatic works and the advancement of their careers in the opera industry.

OPERA America believes that the contemporary American opera repertoire is enriched by the creative perspectives, experiences, and stories of women. Discovery Grants advance gender parity in the field by welcoming women composers into the art form and introducing their voices to producers.

Opera Grants for Women Composers are supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Grant Details

Discovery Grants support the development of new theatrical works for the trained voice and instrumental ensemble with awards of up to $15,000 toward workshops, readings, musical materials, production design, promotional materials, and other associated expenses.

Eligibility: Composers who identify as women, and are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, may apply.

Application Cycle

Application available online: November 2, 2020
Intent to apply deadline: December 1, 2020
Full application deadline: January 12, 2021
Adjudication: February 2021
Applicant notification: March 2021
Grant period: May 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

How to Apply

Review the grant guidelines and application worksheets to apply. All applications must be submitted through OPERA America’s grants dashboard.

Grant Guidelines & Worksheets

For questions about applications or eligibility, contact us at Grants@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5236.