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Fromm Music Foundation Announces 2011 Commissions

The board of directors of the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University has announced the twelve composers selected to receive 2010 Fromm commissions. In addition to the commissioning fee of $10,000, a subsidy is available for the ensemble performing the premiere of the commissioned work.

American Music Center and Meet The Composer Have Officially Merged as New Music USA

On November 8, 2011, the merger of the American Music Center and Meet The Composer into New Music USA was officially completed, marking the end of a nearly year-long process. The new organization will operate in two broad program areas—grantmaking and media—reaching composers, performers, and listeners in all 50 states and projecting a more visible and audible profile for new American music all over the world.

Musical America Names Meredith Monk 2012 Composer of the Year

Musical America has announced the winners of the annual Musical America Awards, which recognize “artistic excellence and achievement in the arts.” Meredith Monk has been named “Composer of the Year.” Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han have been awarded the “Musicians of the Year” award, the first time the honor has been shared.

Núñez, Prieto, and Weilerstein Awarded MacArthur “Genius” Grants

Francisco Núñez, Dafnis Prieto, and Alisa Weilerstein are among the diverse group of 22 recipients this year. They will each receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years. MacArthur Fellowships come without stipulations or reporting requirements which is intended to offer awardees unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and explore.

John Luther Adams Receives Heinz Award

John Luther Adams has been named among the ten recipients of the 2011 Heinz Awards. The awards, announced this morning by Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation, each carry $100,000 for unrestricted use and a medallion. They will be presented at a ceremony on November 15 in Washington, D.C.

Narong Prangcharoen Wins $15,000 20th Annual Underwood Emerging Composer Commission and Audience Choice Award

Narong Prangcharoen has been named the winner of ACO’s 2011 Annual Underwood Commission, bringing him a $15,000 cash award for a work to be premiered by ACO in a future season. Chosen from six finalists during ACO’s 20th annual Underwood New Music Readings on June 3 and 4, 2011, Prangcharoen won the top prize with his work Pubbanimitta (“Foreboding”).

Meet The Composer Announces Awards in 3 Core Programs

Meet The Composer has announced the projects and awardees for three of its core programs: Commissioning Music/USA, the Cary New Music Performance Fund, and Van Lier Fellowships. This year, MTC will award $210,000 to 18 soloists and organizations for the commission of 18 new works through Commissioning Music/USA, $220,000 in general operating support to 51 New York City-based new music ensembles through the Cary New Music Performance Fund, and two $8,000 Van Lier Fellowships for a grand total of $446,000 towards the advancement of new music.

Six Composers Selected for 2012 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute

Six emerging composers from a pool of 153 candidates have been selected as participants in the Minnesota Orchestra’s eleventh annual Composer Institute. They will be in Minneapolis from January 2 to 7, 2012, for rehearsals, seminars and tutoring sessions, as well as a public “Future Classics” concert of their works on Friday, January 6, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä.

Recipients of Final NEA Opera Honors and Jazz Masters Announced

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced the final recipients of the Opera Honors and Jazz Masters programs which in subsequent years are to be subsumed into a proposed NEA American Artists of the Year program. The four Opera Honorees—composer Robert Ward, mezzo soprano Risë Stevens, stage director John Conklin, and Seattle opera General Director Speight Jenkins—and the five Jazz Masters—Jack DeJohnette, Von Freeman, Charlie Haden, Sheila Jordan, and Jimmy Owens—will each receive a one-time award of $25,000 and be publicly honored in awards ceremonies in the coming months.