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What are the most important concerns for philanthropy in new music?

Thomas BucknerOpen up the System: “Instead of having only a few giant organizations, we should spread the power around…” June HechingerFocus on American Composers: “As American citizens, we felt it was important to focus on American composers…” Gayle MorganIs There Too Much New Music?: “Even with an average annual grant list of 25 new music […]

Earning Interest for New Music

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard As one of many American composers who has yet to make a living from composing music, I am simultaneously perplexed and humbled by the economics of music making in a free market economy. Like so many of my colleagues following in the grand American tradition of William Billings and […]

On the Money: New Music Funding in the United States

Theodore WiprudPhoto by Melissa Richard Think “new music,” and chances are, whatever you mean by “new music” does not earn its keep. Fortunately, there is more to musical life than earned income. That’s because in the United States there exists a highly developed world of nonprofit institutions, and a tax code that encourages their support […]