American Music Center Announces New Recording Grant

The American Music Center has announced a new funding initiative to support recording projects of music by living American composers. Expanding upon AMC’s Composer Assistance Program (CAP), the new CAP Recording Grant, which is made possible with funds from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, will help advance the careers of early and mid-career composers by providing direct assistance for recording projects. AMC will award up to ten grants between $5,000 and $10,000 in 2010. Physical, digital, and in some cases streamed releases of recordings will receive funding.

“The American Music Center has long supported premiere performances of new music through its Composer Assistance Program,” said Joanne Hubbard Cossa, president and chief executive officer of the American Music Center. “I am delighted that the Cary Trust and the Ditson Fund have now enabled us to initiate a new program to help creators of new music reach the far broader audiences that are accessible through recording and electronic dissemination of their work. Ultimately, audiences will benefit as well from increased access to the exciting products of the nation’s most creative musical imaginations.”

The first deadline for the CAP Recording Grant is Thursday, July 15, 2010, 11:59 p.m. Composers, non-profit professional performance ensembles, and non-profit or commercial recording companies are eligible to apply. Recordings may also be self-released. Applicants must be members in good standing of the American Music Center to apply. Complete information, guidelines, and an application, are available on AMC’s website.

(—Condensed from the press release)