Knight Foundation Cultural Opportunity Fund

The Knight Foundation Cultural Opportunity Fund provides artists and organizations the opportunity to receive a partial or full subsidy towards renting the Ordway’s Concert Hall. Intended for those who could not otherwise afford the cost of an evening’s rental, the Fund offers a $5,000 subsidy to artists/organizations whose annual budget is less than $500,000, or a $2,500 subsidy to larger groups.

How it works

Develop an idea for a concert, film screening, author reading, or stage production—you name it, so long as it’s venue-appropriate—and submit an application online. All submissions will be reviewed for feasibility, and evaluated by a panel of judges who will be looking for clearly articulated outreach strategies—you are responsible for attracting people to your event!—as well as productions that help fulfill the organization’s mission, or advance the artist’s career.

Currently accepting proposals

Knight Fund Guidelines

Who is eligible?

  • Non-profit organizations and individual artists who book the Concert Hall for a rental engagement.

  • Priority is given to proposals from emerging and mid-range arts organizations/individual artists, with an emphasis on cultural and artistic diversity.

  • Applicants must be based in Minnesota to be eligible.

How do I apply?

  • Proposals will be accepted mid-October–February annually, and may be submitted online.

  • Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of Arts Partnership staff, and awardees notified in mid-March.

Submit Your Proposal

Frequently asked questions

What performance dates are available for Knight Fund recipients?

Ordway and Knight Fund recipients will work together to find dates that are mutually agreeable once the awards have been made.

How many dates will be available to me in the Concert Hall if I receive funding?

The Concert Hall is a busy space. It is unlikely that more than one (1) consecutive date will be available to rent unless the rental is occurring in July or August. Rehearsals in the space are most often restricted to same day only.

Does the Concert Hall have marley?

No, it does not.

What type of event is the Concert Hall ideally suited for?

The Concert Hall is perfectly suited to classical and popular music, family events, lectures and small corporate events. It does not have fly space, marley, wing space or side lights.

When will award notifications be made?

Notifications to all applicants will be sent by mid-March annually for awards to be used the following Fiscal Year.

How much supporting or backstage space does the Concert Hall have?

Use of the Concert Hall includes a Green Room (capacity of 40 – 50 people), 4-dressing rooms, and 2-changing rooms (capacity of ~15 people each) in the lower level of the facility.

Knight Foundation Cultural Opportunity Fund Recipients


Cantus in partnership with The Bach Society of Minnesota Funny Asian Women Kollective (FAWK) International Friendship through the Performing Arts Latvian Song and Dance Festival Minnesota Music Coalition One Voice Mixed Chorus TaikoArts Midwest Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective VocalEssence YouthPrise


The Lied Society Cantus


Funny Asian Women Kollective (FAWK) Gaelynn Lea Kao Kalia Yang Lori Dokken TaikoArts Midwest Wat Promwachirayan (Wat Thai of MN)


Giving Voice Chorus One Voice Mixed Chorus Pan Asian Arts Alliance Saint Paul Ballet Third Place Gallery


Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs Cantus Casa de España en Minnesota JazzMN Orchestra One Voice Mixed Chorus Oratorio Society of Minnesota The Rose Ensemble TaikoArts Midwest VocalEssence


Cantus Great Northern Union Chorus Iny Asian Dance Theater JazzMN Orchestra The Rose Ensemble Saint Paul Conservatory of Music Source Song Festival VocalEssence WE WIN Institute, Inc


Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs Cantus Highland Friendship Club Minnesota Boy Choir Northern Voice Festival One Voice Mixed Chorus Oratorio Society of Minnesota VocalEssence