Aaron Copland‘s major mid-period works loom large in music history and orchestra programming, and now in philanthropy too. These works continue to earn substantial royalties, and since Copland had no heirs, it is the whole new music community that benefits from his legacy.
Established following Copland’s death in 1990, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music is overseen by a board of composers (John Harbison is president), who at the start identified important needs where Copland money would make a real difference. The Performing Ensembles Program–supporting dozens of new music ensembles nationally–and the Recording Program–supporting new music recordings–both address areas historically underfunded. Both of these programs are administered by the American Music Center, an organization he co-founded in 1939. In addition, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music has a Supplemental Program administered from the New York law office of James Kendrick: Brown, Raysman, Millstein, Felder & Steiner, LLP, which supports other broad-based efforts for composers, like the national service organizations.
From On the Money: New Music Funding in the United States
by Theodore Wiprud
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