Meredith Monk Signs with Boosey & Hawkes

Meredith MonkPhoto by K. Scott Schafer Meredith Monk and her publishing company, Meredith Monk Music, recently signed a long-term, worldwide agreement with the publishing firm of Boosey & Hawkes. President Linda S. Golding of Boosey & Hawkes commented, “We are honored to welcome Meredith Monk to our roster, and are excited to be working with […]

On the Money: New Music Funding in the United States

Theodore WiprudPhoto by Melissa Richard Think “new music,” and chances are, whatever you mean by “new music” does not earn its keep. Fortunately, there is more to musical life than earned income. That’s because in the United States there exists a highly developed world of nonprofit institutions, and a tax code that encourages their support […]

Soundtracks: August 2000

It was not by editorial design, but rather a reflection of the current state of new music in this country, that in a month where NewMusicBox focuses on funding for New Music, almost every recording featured in SoundTracks was either completely DIY or released by a small independent label that received, in varying degrees, some […]

Earning Interest for New Music

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard As one of many American composers who has yet to make a living from composing music, I am simultaneously perplexed and humbled by the economics of music making in a free market economy. Like so many of my colleagues following in the grand American tradition of William Billings and […]

What are the most important concerns for philanthropy in new music?

Thomas BucknerOpen up the System: “Instead of having only a few giant organizations, we should spread the power around…” June HechingerFocus on American Composers: “As American citizens, we felt it was important to focus on American composers…” Gayle MorganIs There Too Much New Music?: “Even with an average annual grant list of 25 new music […]

The Many Views of Betty Freeman

Photographer and patron Betty Freeman, who has been something of a Nadezhda von Meck to composers ranging from Harry Partch and John Cage to La Monte Young and Kaija Saariaho as well as numerous visual artists, talks about what music she funds and why.