Like the stories of all great artists, most of the Lou Reed story is built on a mountain of crucial untruth—a wispy chunk of magical thinking, a campfire story of how “downtown” got that way. We like our myths, our legends, and we fight hard to keep them. Lou, as I called him, wandered into this stacked self-presentation so completely that I believe he had to believe it.
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.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has presented John Harbison with the Mark M. Horblit “Merit Award” for distinguished composition by an American composer. In connection with the presentation of the award, the orchestra will release the composer’s six symphonies as digital downloads, available on their website beginning July 9.