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Published: 7/19/2013

Nashville Opera Receives National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2013 Our Town Grant Recipients


Nashville Opera one of 59 projects selected nationwide


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the Nashville Opera will receive a $100,000 grant to support the Music City Opera as part of the Project. 59 Our Town grant awards program.  The Music City Opera Project is a series of public programs performed in non-traditional settings throughout Nashville. Capitalizing on the distinct talent, locations, and partners in Music City, the Project will engage, via an open competition, both amateur and professional songwriters, composers, arrangers, and lyricists/librettists to create new opera works. Finalists will be commissioned to produce or perform their work in venues atypical for opera, such as well-known honky-tonks, other music venues, destinations in downtown Nashville, and throughout the city. In addition to free public programs, events will be filmed and shared through social media to broaden community exposure to opera. Led by Nashville Opera Association in collaboration with the City of Nashville, Metro Arts, and Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, and enlisting music organizations such as the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, the project builds upon Nashville’s campaign to diversify its artistic identity as “Music City” and is designed to break perception boundaries, educate, provoke debate, and shatter myths about opera.