Grants for conductors made by The Olga Forrai Foundation, are limited to a maximum of one per year. Applications will be considered for the preparation of conducting a contracted performance, of a full scale opera in the dramatic repertoire.


To be considered for a grant: 

(1) Applicants must have completed basic degree related studies;

(2) Already have relevant professional experience in conducting full scale opera productions; and 

(3) Present three letters of referral from other professionals of a high level of accomplishment in the classical music business: i.e., conductors, impresarios, or opera company directors who have worked with, or heard the applicant in at least one full scale opera performance with orchestra.

The Olga Forrai Foundation, Inc., provides equal opportunities to all applicants for grant money without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, The Olga Forrai Foundation, Inc., complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination.



Email your grant application to the attention of the Artistic Advisor at Enclose or attach a copy of your resume, biography, headshot and a proposal for the grant outlining your specific financial needs to accomplish your professional goals. Include the three letters of recommendation from professional colleagues as previously outlined. Letters from prior teachers or personal management will not be accepted. Also include DVDs or Youtube links to filmed live performances as well as any media reviews of feature articles. All required materials must be submitted before the application can be considered.


Once the Artistic Advisor has received a complete application package, they will consider your proposal, and if appropriate, pass it on to the board of directors. If an interview is granted, you will be notified of the time and place to meet with the Board of Directors.


When possible, the applicant, or advisory committee member, should arrange for the applicant to be heard in live performance by members of the Board of Directors before a grant is made.


In all instances, the decision of the Board of Directors shall be final.


Grant Proposal Criteria and Grantee Use of Funds Report


Grant money is specified as being used for the formal preparation of conducting contracted, full scale opera, within the dramatic repertoire. Grants are not generally awarded for the purchasing of music, web site, head shots, meals, household expenses, grooming aids, or travel expenses. Our charter does not allow for grants to be awarded for the underwriting of orchestras and opera companies.


When submitting a grant proposal part of your application, be very clear and specific on the breakdown of expenses, since the Grantee Report on Use of Funds is to be filled out after the grant money is spent, as directed at the bottom of the form. You will be required to submit itemized proof of expenses. This is to insure that the grantee confirms that grant money received from The Olga Forrai Foundation, Inc., was used in ways commensurate with the proposal submitted at the time of his/her interview, as well as to fulfill the Foundation’s fiduciary obligation as required by IRS Code, Section 4945.