Knight Foundation Cultural Opportunity Fund

Applications are no longer being accepted for calendar year 2019. Please check back in July 2019 for information on calendar year 2020 applications!

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. Learn more about the Knight Foundation Cultural Opportunity Fund guidelines.

The typical full cost to rent the Ordway Concert Hall for an evening is between $4,500 – $6,500. So depending upon your production needs, you could rent our space for free.

Questions? Please contact us with any questions or concerns on our web form.


*The world-class Concert Hall was designed specifically for the presentation of acoustic and electro-acoustic music in a beautifully intimate setting. It 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.

For Knight Subsidy Awardees


Knight Subsidy Awardees should acknowledge the Knight Foundation with the following language and logo recognition: This performance is made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation