Grant one of 817 NEA Art Works grant totaling $26.3 million in funding nationwide

[St. Louis]— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that the St. Louis Symphony is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.  The orchestra will receive a $60,000 grant to support its upcoming concert performances of Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, which will be performed in St. Louis on November 16, 2013 and on November 22, 2013 at Carnegie Hall, on the composer’s 100th birthday.  The performances will be conducted by Music Director David Robertson and will also feature the 130-member St. Louis Symphony Chorus.

The performances are part of a two-week celebration that will also include a large educational outreach component.  A free dress rehearsal of Peter Grimes will be open to St. Louis area college and university students.  A St. Louis Symphony Family Concert and two education concerts will explore excerpts from Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, and a presentation of Britten’s the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra will conclude the celebration.

“The St. Louis Symphony is proud to be presenting one of the most important operas of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, at the invitation of Carnegie Hall on the 100th Anniversary of Britten’s birth on November 22, 2013,” said St. Louis Symphony President/CEO Fred Bronstein.  “It is a major undertaking, and we are especially pleased to receive the support of the NEA for this major artistic initiative.”    

Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts."

In August 2012, the NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at


*Founded in 1880 and now in its 133rd season, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director, the second American-born conductor to hold that post in the Orchestra’s history.  The St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection while meeting its mission statement:  enriching people’s live through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts, as well as hundreds of free education and community programs each year. In May 2009, the Symphony implemented an encompassing strategic plan that includes a 10-year vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, expanding audience and revenue growth across all key operating areas.