New Music USA Announces More Than $1.2M in New Grants

New Music USA

New Music USA has announced more than $1,200,000 in new awards made during the spring season through its grantmaking programs. These awards will empower composers working with orchestras, dance companies, and communities to take brave leaps into the unknown, and provide the crucial operating support that small, transformative organizations need to keep pushing the new music field forward.

Through Music Alive, a partnership between New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras, approximately $900,000 has been awarded to five proposals based in Albany NY, Dayton OH, Detroit MI, Orange County CA and Seattle WA. Through Live Music for Dance, which provides grants to New York City and New Jersey-based professional dance companies for collaborative projects involving a composer and/or musicians, over $150,000 has been awarded to twenty dance companies in support of dance projects incorporating the use of live American music. Through the Cary New Music Performance Fund, which provides general operating support to professional music organizations that are deeply committed to presenting, performing, commissioning and recording new music in the five boroughs of New York City, an additional $148,000 in total has been awarded to 36 organizations. Finally, through the Composer Assistance Program, which accepted applications from composers all over the country to help support preparations and travel expenses for premieres of their new work, over $33,000 was awarded to 28 composers. There is a complete list of awardees on the New Music USA website.

In fall 2013, New Music USA is reconfiguring five of its existing grantmaking programs (Commissioning Music: USA, Composer Assistance Program, Composer Assistance Program – Recording, Creative Connections, and Live Music for Dance) into a unified channel of support for a wide range of new music projects. Awarded projects will be promoted on newmusicusa.org and offer a new way for the public to connect with artists.

(—from the press release)

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