While the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera are certainly the big fish in New York City’s musical ocean, much of the most innovative programming has usually come from smaller organizations: chamber ensembles and niche presenters, who offer a variety of music that is unsurpassed in other American cities. And it is for just this reason that Meet The Composer administers the JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program for Small Ensembles.
The program aims to support professional music organizations and music presenters with annual budgets of $300,000 or less. General operating grants are given to organizations based in any of the 5 boroughs of New York City that have consistently demonstrated a dedication to contemporary music and living composers. For the Minimum Security Composers Collective, that has received 3 JPMorgan Chase regrants, the program has been an important source of funding. “MSCC is a tough-to-define organization, and we typically fall through the cracks of other programs that fund ensembles or presenters,” says composer and founding member Adam Silverman. “In selecting us, Meet the Composer showed confidence in what we do and exhibited an understanding that musicians band together in different ways.”
Recipients are selected based on the quality of artistic leadership, artistic product and selection, rehearsal and performance standards. Recipients are free to use the grants at their discretion to pay performers, rent venues, publicize events, and otherwise move their organizations forward. In the third year of regrants, Meet The Composer and JPMorgan Chase have recognized 15 music organizations.
- Absolute Ensemble
- Center for Contemporary Opera
- CODE Foundation, Inc.
- Composer’s Collaborative
- Encompass New Opera Theatre
- Ethel Foundation for the Arts
- The Jazz Gallery
- Locrian Chamber Players
- Music At The Anthology (MATA)
- Minimum Security Composers Collective
- Music From China
- New Sounds Music, Inc./PRISM Quartet
- Roulette Intermedium, Inc.
- Speculum Musicae
* Indicates first time recipient