Steve Reich is the first American composer to be awarded the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Contemporary Music category. The award, which comes with a cash prize of €400,000, has previously been awarded to Pierre Boulez, Salvatore Sciarrino, Helmut Lachenmann, and Cristóbal Halffter.
The American Composers Forum in partnership with So Percussion, have announced the finalists in the 2014 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest. Each of the three finalists, who were selected from over 250 applications based in 39 states, will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and be asked to compose an eight- to ten-minute piece for So Percussion.
Individual performers, composers, organizations, presenters, and other artists can all apply on behalf of their projects simply and at no cost. The new system boasts a streamlined process designed to allow music makers to showcase their work and ask for the support they need in a succinct and efficient manner. The first deadline is November 4.
Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group in New York, has announced that composer Andrew Norman has been selected as its third composer in residence. Norman was chosen from over 100 applicants for the position and now has the opportunity to follow a personalized development track focused on the advancement of his career as an operatic composer.
The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition has awarded Narong Prangcharoen the $15,000 2013 Barlow Prize to compose a major new work for wind ensemble. In addition, grants to nine other composers totaling $60K were announced, as well as a $10K commission for a Chinese composer in partnership with the Beijing Modern Music Festival.
A $150,000 Mellon grant enables the American Lyric Theater to expand its Composer Librettist Development Program from an annually offered 10-month period to a comprehensive three-year artist mentorship cycle. Plus newly acquired videoconferencing equipment ensures that composers and librettists from around the country can participate.