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Carnets "Play the World" Grants


It's with great pleasure that we offer a limited number of Carnets "Play the World" Grants to a select group of League of American Orchestra members.
These $220- $785 grants are to assist recipients with costs of either the Mid-Winter Managers' Meeting or the League's annual conference.

2020 grants are available for either the League's Annual Conferences or Mid Winter Managers' meetings. League members may apply for one or both grants.

Due to the Conference registration fee being waived for members this year, we have suspended our Carnets "Play the World" grants for it.  At this time we plan to offer grants, as usual, for the MidWinter Managers' meeting in January 2021.  Those orchestras who've been awarded a grant for Conference 2020 will have their grant extended to next year's conference.  We're looking forward to the 2020 virtual conference to be full of information, answers, predictions and, creativity for the days and months ahead.   

Download 2020 Grant Application
Prior Grant Recipients

"My attendance at the LOAO Conference in Nashville this year was a fruitful and valuable experience for me. Firstly I was reassured at the many similarities I noted between the UK and US orchestral sectors: we are both dealing with many of the same issues and challenges and both equally motivated by the desire to serve our audiences and bring the highest quality performances to as wide a ‘market’ as possible. We’re developing a range of audience development tools to achieve this and I gathered a range of ideas from my US counterparts as a result of my conference attendance. Sharing ideas, meeting others and networking with colleagues in a similar role is an exciting and hugely beneficial form of professional development.Michael Garvey - 2019 Recipient, Director, BBC National Orchestra of Wales

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Details of the Carnets "Play the World" Grant are:

  • General Managers, Operations Managers and Executive Directors from League member orchestras are eligible.
  • Awards are given to orchestras with a history of international touring or that have an international tour scheduled for a future date. An orchestra and individual recipient are not eligible for the grant more than once every 5 years.
  • The grant is for the League of American Orchestra Conference registration fees or comparable travel expenses.
  • The grant application will be available online several months prior to the Mid-Winter Managers' Meeting and annual Conference.
  • Grant recipients agree to:    
    o    provide Boomerang Carnets® with a copy of their League Conference
          Registration form following notification of the award,
    o    be available for a photo during the 2020 Conference Exhibit
    o    pick up their grant check during the 2020 Conference Exhibit
          hours, and
    o    provide a brief (3-5 sentences) written summary of the
          benefits of attendance at Conference.
  • NEW - Orchestra grant recipients are eligible for an additional $250 cash (or equivalent) prize if they receive an ATA Carnet and carnet bond from boomerang carnets® for an international tour within 12 months of receiving the grant.

For further details please contact Moira Wilson, Grant Program Coordinator.