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.

Composer Alan Hovhaness Dies at 89

Alan HovhanessPhoto courtesy of C.F. Peters Alan Hovhaness, a prolific composer who melded Western and Asian musical genres, died in Seattle on June 21, 2000. He was 89 and had suffered from a severe stomach ailment for the last three years. Hovhaness was born in Somerville, MA, on March 8, 1911 to Haroutiun Hovhaness Chakmakjian, […]