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OBITUARY: ‘New York school’ composer Earle Brown, 75

Earle BrownPhoto by Jack Mitchell Earle Brown, a major force in contemporary music since the early 1950s, died on July 2, 2002, after a long illness. A leading composer of the American avant-garde for more than fifty years, Brown was associated with the experimental composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Christian Wolff who, with Brown, […]

CAP Awards $30,200 in Support of Premiere Performances

Twenty-one composers have been awarded grants totaling $30,200 to support the production of materials for a premiere performance of their work under the auspices of the American Music Center‘s Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Program (CAP). In total this year, the AMC has awarded over $85,000 directly to composers across the nation. “The Copying Assistance […]

Webcasting Rate Set at .07¢ Across the Board

The debate over the appropriate royalty rates webcasters should pay for streaming music just got a little more interesting. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced his decision with regard to the rates and terms for webcasting and ephemeral recordings, setting a .07¢ performance fee (per performance) for “Internet-only” transmission and “radio retransmission” and […]

Rewarding the Risk Takers: ASCAP’s Awards for Adventurous Programming

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) joined the American Symphony Orchestra League and Chorus America in honoring symphony orchestras and choral ensembles, respectively, for their adventurous programming during the 2001 concert season. ASCAP’s Vice President of Concert Music, Frances Richard was on hand at each organization’s recent national conference to present the […]