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Grants Program

Nashville Opera - Florencia en el AmazonasMetro Arts seeks to make creative exploration central to the lives of all Nashvillians. Each year, the Mayor & Metro Council approve funds from the general operating budget to support community arts through grants. Grants support a diverse range of artistic and cultural activities from dance to visual art, cultural festivals to opera, and everything in between!

“The investments Metro Arts makes in the community are vital,” said Jennifer Cole, Metro Arts’ executive director. “Our partners serve a growing and diverse population and drive innovation in culture and the arts throughout Davidson County. Our investments in organizations large and small ensure that all Nashvillians have access to the arts in their lives.”

In June 2016, Metro Arts announced the approval of $2,195,200 in grants for the 2016-2017 fiscal year in four different grant categories: Basic Operating Support, Creation, After-school Arts Projects and Arts Access. A total of 61 grants were awarded to 48 different nonprofit organizations that were successful in Metro Arts’ competitive grant review process.

2016-2017 Metro Arts Grant Awards

FY17 Metro Arts Grant Awards

Grants Committee

Committee Members

  • Marielena Ramos, Chair
  • Paula Roberts, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Ruth Ross Edmonds
  • Laurie Eskind
  • Joseph "Pepe" Presley