In the course of a three-month Beethoven festival which concludes this week, the Phoenix Symphony performed five world premieres, written “in the spirit of” Beethoven by young American composers. Notably, three of the five are represented by the non-profit organization Young Concert Artists. Phoenix Symphony Music Director Hermann Michael assures that it was pure coincidence. […]
NSO to South Dakota for residency, Slatkin extends contract; Minnesota Orch. reads new works; New York magazine highlights new music.
Seventeen composers at various stages in their careers have been recognized with awards totaling $175,000 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Candidates were nominated by the Academy’s membership and winners were selected by a panel which included Jack Beeson (chairman), Samuel Adler, Andrew Imbrie, Ezra Laderman, George Perle, Ned Rorem, Joan Tower, and […]
Philip Blackburn, innova directorPhoto by Nick Trotter Doom and gloom forecasts concerning the state of the classical recording industry are so pervasive they’re cliché, but despite the pessimism the McKnight Foundation has seen it fit to award a $1 million grant to the American Composers Forum to endow its innova Recordings label and Recording Assistance […]
Larry PolanskyPhoto by Jody Diamond Molly Sheridan: I’m first interested in talking a little bit about what first brought you to this project and how you ended up editing this monograph… Larry Polansky: Well, I have been an advocate and scholar of Ruth Crawford Seeger‘s work for quite a long time, in fact for a […]
Ronald FreedPhoto courtesy ASCAP Ronald Freed, head of European American Music Distributors and noted supporter of American composers, died February 20, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 64. Tom Broido, President of the Theodore Presser Company and the Music Publishers’ Association of the U.S. (a position Freed also held at one point), expressed the […]
Universal Music International has purchased Koch Music, the European recorded music and music publishing arm of the Koch Group. According to a statement released by Koch, the sale will not affect Koch’s American companies. Both New York-based Koch Entertainment and Port Washington- and Toronto-based Koch International “remain under their present ownership and retain their full […]
Will royalty rates kill off music webcasting? Sending a wave of concern through the industry, the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) has issued its royalty rate recommendations for webcasts of public performances of sound recordings. The fee structure (35 percent of the fee requested by the recording industry, according to the RIAA, but about 10 […]