From the Top Receives NEA Grants

From the Top Receives Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts

From the Top has received two Art Works grants for $20,000 and $40,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support From the Top’s nationally-distributed NPR radio program and associated outreach activities. National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.

“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as From the Top are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

Joshua Nakazama with students

From the Top arts leader works with aspiring young musicians. 

“From the Top remains ever grateful to the National Endowment of the Arts for believing in the importance of amplifying and developing the voices of today’s young musicians through public radio, leadership training, and community engagement,” said Gretchen Nielsen, From the Top’s Executive Director. “We are humbled by the NEA’s tremendous dedication over our 18-year partnership and their generosity of 1.6 million dollars, which has allowed us to thrive and engage over 3,000 young musicians.”

This season, From the Top will take its live recording events on a 10-city national tour with today’s extraordinary young artists who will be joined by notable guest hosts, including piano duo Anderson & Roe, Grammy Award-winning clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, pianist Lara Downes, pianist Peter Dugan, violinist and Street Symphony founder Vijay Gupta, cellist Paul Katz, violinist Tessa Lark, pianist Orli Shaham, composer and bassist Michael Thurber, and violinist Elena Urioste. From the Top’s live concert recordings are just one part of a larger, all-encompassing experience for each of the young musicians, who will also participate in leadership training, community engagement activities and career development workshops designed to enrich both personal and artistic growth.

Click here for more details on From the Top’s 2019-2020 season.

For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit


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