The New York Times reports that Taylor Swift has made a $50,000 donation to the Seattle Symphony, inspired by their Grammy-winning recording of John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean. Will the “Swift effect” will carry over to a different genre?
The Foundation has announced that it will award a total of five commissions for the creation of new musical works. The commissions, awarded to both American and international composers, are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations (also both American and international) that will present performances of the newly composed works.
United States Artists (USA) has announced the 37 new USA Fellows for 2015. Each individual artist or collaborative will receive an unrestricted award of $50,000 to support their artistic practice and professional development.
One of five composers will receive the 2016 Gaudeamus Award, an international prize eligible to composers under the age of 30 consisting of a composition commission worth € 5,000.
The National Endowment of the Arts has announced the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters honorees will be vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp, and jazz advocate Wendy Oxenhorn.
Musical America’s 2016 awardees include several prominent new American music champions.
Playwright, composer, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, 35, was recognized for his work which reimagines “American musical theater in works that fuse traditional storytelling with contemporary musical styles and voices.” Mimi Lien, a set designer for productions such as Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, was also among this year’s round of 24 fellows.
Four emerging composers have been chosen from a national candidate pool to participate in the 2015 Columbus Symphony EarShot program. Activities will include two intensive reading sessions/rehearsals, feedback sessions with orchestra musicians and mentor composers, a final dress-rehearsal, and a public concert that is part of the CSO’s Happy Hour Concert Series.
Taking place January 7-9, 2016, at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, the focus of this year’s meeting will be on “Communities.”
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has announced that Vanessa Rose will be its new executive director as of September 1, 2015.