Copland Fund for Music Grants $500,000

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, created by the composer to encourage and improve public knowledge of contemporary American music, has announced another round of awards. Grants totaling $500,000 have been distributed to 79 organizations across the country through the Performing Ensembles Program for 2004.


Interested in Applying?

Complete guidelines and applications are available online at www.amc.net. The next deadline is June 30, 2005.

The Fund received applications from more than 150 organizations requesting a total of more than $1.6 million. From these, a five-person panel reviewed the applications and made award determinations in the areas of general operating and project support.

Among the organizations supported are the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. A complete list of grantees, project descriptions, and award amounts follows below.

“The passion, persistence, and excellence represented by the performing groups who have applied to the Copland Fund are cause for celebration,” commented John Harbison, president of the Fund. “The patience and expertise of our panel—faced with evaluating increasing numbers of worthy proponents of new music—again earns the gratitude of the Fund’s directors.”

2004 Performing Ensembles Program Awards

  • 20th Century Consort, Takoma Park, MD, General Operating, $1,000

  • Absolute Ensemble, New York, NY, General Operating, $7,500

  • Alarm Will Sound, Rochester, NY, General Operating, $1,000

  • Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany, NY, General Operating, $24,000

  • American Brass Quintet, New York, NY, General Operating, $4,000

  • American Composers Orchestra, New York, NY, General Operating, $15,000

  • Anti-Social Music, Astoria, NY, General Operating, $3,000

  • Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, New York, NY, a four-concert series featuring seven AACM composers, $10,000

  • Auros Group for New Music, Boston, MA, General Operating, $4,000

  • Bang on a Can, Brooklyn, NY, General Operating, $12,000

  • Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley, CA, the continuation of the Under Construction program, $5,000

  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Roslindale, MA, General Operating, $15,000

  • Boston Musica Viva, Cambridge, MA, General Operating, $12,000

  • Brooklyn Sax Quartet, Brooklyn, NY, General Operating, $3,500

  • Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Santa Cruz, CA, General Operating, $12,000

  • California EAR Unit, Castaic, CA, General Operating, $10,000

  • Chamber Music Austin, Austin, TX, General Operating, $1,000

  • Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, Boston, MA, General Operating, $1,000

  • Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago, IL, “Composer Perspectives,” a series of three concerts, each curated by a different composer, $12,000

  • Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago, IL, General Operating, $5,000

  • Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago, IL, General Operating, $12,000

  • Collage New Music, Boston, MA, General Operating, $8,000

  • Contemporary Music Forum, Washington, DC, General Operating, $1,000

  • Continuum, New York, NY, General Operating, $6,000

  • Core Ensemble, Lake Worth, FL, General Operating, $5,000

  • counter)induction, Riverdale, NY, General Operating, $1,000

  • Cygnus Ensemble, Mt. Vernon, NY, General Operating, $4,000

  • Cypress String Quartet, San Francisco, CA, General Operating, $8,000

  • Da Capo Chamber Players, New York, NY, General Operating, $5,000

  • Degenerate Art Ensemble, Seattle, WA, concert of ten world premieres by emerging American composers, $8,000

  • Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, Boston, MA, General Operating, $1,000

  • Downtown Music Productions, New York, NY, General Operating, $1,000

  • eighth blackbird, Evanston, IL, General Operating, $15,000

  • Ensemble 21, New York, NY, a concert of new American songs, $1,000

  • Ensemble X, Ithaca, NY, General Operating, $3,000

  • Ethel, Sunnyside, NY, General Operating, $8,000

  • Gamelan Galak Tika, Cambridge, MA, performance tour to the 2005 Bali Arts Festival, $3,000

  • Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, Glen Ellyn, IL, General Operating, $5,000

  • House Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, General Operating, $5,000

  • Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, Columbus, OH, General Operating, $12,000

  • Jazz Composers Alliance, Allston, MA, General Operating, $5,000

  • Kronos Quartet, San Francisco, CA, General Operating, $8,000

  • League of Composers/ISCM, New York, NY, General Operating, $1,000

  • Manhattan Brass Quintet, New York, NY, General Operating, $7,000

  • Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis, MN, the Minnesota Orchestra Reading Sessions and Composer Institute, $10,000

  • MOSAIC, New York, NY, two concerts of commissioned American works, including a world premiere of a commissioned work by Randy Steiger and Vibeke Sorensen, $7,500

  • Music from China, New York, NY, “Chinese Composers in America/2005″, a concert season of new music, $5,000

  • Music of Remembrance, Seattle, WA, two chamber music concerts and pre-concert lectures, $4,000

  • Music Theatre Group, New York, NY, development of “The Loving Family” by Derek Bermel, $10,000

  • Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Nashville, TN, General Operating, $2,000

  • New Century Saxophone Quartet, Columbia, SC, General Operating, $5,000

  • New Music Works, Santa Cruz, CA, General Operating, $4,000

  • New York City Opera, New York, NY, world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s “Haroun and the Sea of Stories”, $10,000

  • New York Festival of Song, New York, NY, General Operating, $1,000

  • New York New Music Ensemble, Staten Island, NY, General Operating, $4,000

  • Newband, Nyack, NY, General Operating, $5,000

  • NewEar, Kansas City, MO, General Operating, $5,000

  • Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland, CA, General Operating, $15,000

  • Orchestra 2001, Wallingford, PA, General Operating, $12,000

  • Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York, NY, “Second Helpings,” a series of performances of works by young American composers, $3,000

  • Paul Dresher Ensemble / Musical Traditions, San Francisco, CA, General Operating, $12,000

  • Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Pittsburgh, PA, General Operating, $1,000

  • Present Music, Milwaukee, WI, General Operating, $15,000

  • Quintet of the Americas, Douglaston, NY, General Operating, $5,000

  • Rejoicensemble, New York, NY, a world premiere and retrospective of works by David Hurd, $1,000

  • Relache, Philadelphia, PA, General Operating, $5,000

  • Riverside Symphony, New York, NY, General Operating, $4,000

  • Rova Arts, San Francisco, CA, General Operating, $2,000

  • San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, San Francisco, CA, General Operating, $10,000

  • Santa Fe New Music, Santa Fe, NM, General Operating, $1,000

  • Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe, NM, “Ainadamar,” an opera by Osvaldo Golijov, and “The Three Hermits,” and opera by Stephen Paulus, $5,000

  • Seattle Chamber Players, Seattle, WA, General Operating, $7,000

  • Sequitur, New York, NY, General Operating, $1,000

  • Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Portland, OR, General Operating, $1,000

  • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, New York, NY, the 2005 national performance and workshop initiative, $12,000

  • Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, General Operating, $6,000

  • VocalEssence, Minneapolis, MN, General Operating, $8,000

  • Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, New York, NY, General Operating, $2,500

  • Zeitgeist, St. Paul, MN, General Operating, $8,000