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.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is offering free digital downloads on its website of works by Jonathan Bailey Holland, Charles Coleman, and three other composers.
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 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.
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.