NEA Distributes $63 Million to Arts Groups

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The National Endowment for the Arts announced that yesterday it would make $63 million worth of grants to arts groups, including dozens of orchestras and dance ensembles, in the second round of funding for 2006.

The grants are through the Access to Artistic Excellence program, which supports outreach to underserved and other audiences; the Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth Program; the Arts on Radio and Television program; and the Folk and Traditional Arts Infrastructure program.

Among the music groups receiving grants are Kristjan J‹rvi's Absolute Ensemble, which gets $10,000 for a national tour of Arabian Night; New York's American Composers Orchestra, which gets $25,000 for its performances in Philadelphia; the Pittsburgh Symphony, which gets $30,000 for the premiere of Richard Danielpour's Pastime and related events coinciding with baseball's All-Star Game; and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which gets $20,000 to support BeBop to Hip-Hop, an educational program in Los Angeles Schools.

Dance Theatre of Harlem gets $40,000 for its educational and outreach program, Miami City Ballet gets $30,000 for a production of Balanchine's Diverimento, and Washington Ballet gets $10,000 to support a new full-length work by artistic director Septime Webre.

Arts on Radio and Television grants include $25,000 for the broadcast of the all-star gala saluting outgoing Metropolitan Opera general manager Joseph Volpe on May 20 and $60,000 for the public radio program From the Top, which features performances by young musicians.

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