New Music USA Awards $284,250 to 62 Projects

New Music USA

New Music USA announced yesterday its third round of project grants awards, totaling $284,250 in funding to support artistic work involving a wide range of new American music. The program recognizes and supports the multiple roles composers and contemporary music practitioners play in the artistic landscape and responds to the creative spirit of collaboration between artists […]

Meeting of New Music Minds at SF Gathering

Lavena Johanson in performance at the Gathering.

The inaugural New Music Gathering in San Francisco was proof in action that an environment that removes the problems of proximity, competition, and ego can generate an immense amount of collaboration, friendship, and growth.

Chicago: The Spektral Quartet goes to pieces (and rots)

Spektral Quartet

I can’t tell if the Spektral Quartet is getting bigger or smaller. At the quartet’s Saturday night concert, “Snowpocalypse Antidote,” I had the opportunity to reflect on “miniaturization” and the pleasure of small forms. They’re “doing small” in a very big way.

New NEA Reports Crunch the Numbers on Culture

The official logo for the NEA

The data for three new NEA reports have, for the first time, enabled the NEA to show a comprehensive view of a single year (2012) in the life of the arts and cultural sector from three different angles: supply, demand, and motivations for consumer behavior.

John Luther Adams Wins William Schuman Award

John Luther Adams with hat and sunglasses in a park.

The Columbia University School of the Arts has announced that John Luther Adams is the newest recipient of the William Schuman Award, a direct, unrestricted grant of $50,000, which is one of the largest given to an American composer.

Eve Beglarian Wins 2015 Robert Rauschenberg Award

Eve Beglarian

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), a nonprofit arts organization founded by John Cage and Jasper Johns, has announced that composer Eve Beglarian is the recipient of their third annual Robert Rauschenberg Award which includes an unrestricted cash prize of $35,000.

The Queen of Grace and Kindness—Deborah Atherton (1951-2014)

Deborah Atherton seated and holding a piece of brthday cake with a lit candle on top.

Deborah helped many composers and performers through her work as a consultant and at the American Music Center, Concert Artists Guild, and the American Composers Alliance. But she was much more than an administrator. Her librettos included Under the Double Moon, a collaboration with composer Anthony Davis, and Mary Shelley, which she created in partnership with the composer Allan Jaffe.

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