Times Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is among the 157 symphony and chamber orchestras and auxiliary organizations that received matching grants totaling more than $9.3 million from the National Endowment for the Arts on Monday.

Top awards of $290,000 each were received by the Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic for the 1985-86 season.

“These grants connote the highest level of artistic excellence as well as the national or regional importance of an orchestra at all levels of funding,” said Frank Hodsoll, chairman of the arts endowment, an independent federal grant-making agency for artists and arts organizations. The grants were announced at the American Symphony Orchestra League meeting in San Francisco.

“Each grant is made in recognition of achievement, achievement which also deserves widespread and long-term support at the state and local levels, from businesses and foundations and from private individuals,” he said.


In addition to the major orchestras of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the 18 California orchestras receiving grants included the San Diego Symphony ($120,000); L. A. Chamber Orchestra ($70,000); San Jose Symphony ($50,000); Sacramento Symphony ($45,000); the Pasadena and Oakland symphonies ($20,000 apiece); the Santa Barbara Symphony and Fresno Philharmonic ($16,000 apiece); Orange County Pacific Symphony ($15,000); Glendale Symphony ($8,000), and the Ventura Symphony ($5,000).