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American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius is a major initiative to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. Through American Masterpieces, the National Endowment for the Arts will sponsor performances, exhibitions, tours, and educational programs across all art forms that will reach large and small communities in all 50 states. The Musical Theater part of the initiative will celebrate the collaborative genius, evolution, diversity, and cultural contribution of the American musical theater. Through this component, musical theater work of the highest quality that otherwise would not be available will be experienced by Americans in communities across the nation. Grants will be awarded in two areas:

  1. Home-based or touring performances of masterworks. Up to ten organizations will be selected to present musical theater work in their home locations or touring venues.
  2. The tour of a masterwork to college and university presenters. The Arts Endowment anticipates that a single organization will be selected to tour a musical theater work of excellence and significance to three to five college and university presenting houses. This tour is intended to bring a masterwork to areas where high quality musical theater is otherwise unavailable. Special consideration will be given to engagements in communities that traditionally do not have access to professional musical theater. The Arts Endowment's support will be directed to costs associated with touring including production design, artists' fees, and travel. It is anticipated that Arts Endowment funds will allow the touring organization to reduce its fee to presenters.

Because MU is limited to one application, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 5:00 pm Wednesday, October 19, 2005. Letters of intent should be limited to 3 pages and should 1) outline the proposed activities and budget, and 2) speak to the evaluation criteria of artistic excellence and artistic merit as they are defined in the program announcement.


Up to ten grants generally ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 for home-based to touring performances and one grant of up to $150,000 for a tour to college and university presenters. All grants require a 1:1 nonfederal match.

MU Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2005 (letter of intent)
Sponsor Deadline:

Friday, October 28, 2005

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in humanities disciplines.  Please forward it to faculty members who may be interested.

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