People and Projects We’ve Funded

Dive into the wealth of creativity we've supported all across the country.

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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Inc.

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is a rare Asian American woman led professional touring company with programs for educational settings, community organizations and mainstage venues; funds will be used to enhance the organization's capacity to coordinate among our music collaborators throughout the creative process.

Ensemble Pi

Ensemble Pi is a socially conscious new music collective committed to performing works by living American composers, as well as underrepresented composers of the past; funds will support new projects exploring personal devastation brought on by war.

Copland House

Copland House is dedicated to nurturing and renewing America’s vibrant, diverse musical legacy, and to fostering greater public awareness and appreciation of our nation’s composers and their work.

World Arts West

The mission of World Arts West (WAW) is to support local artists sustaining diverse world music and dance traditions by providing needed services and performance opportunities while deepening the public’s support of and engagement with these inspiring culture bearers. 

Opera on Tap

Opera On Tap was created to promote opera as a viable, living and progressive art form and to support the developing artists who continue to keep the art form alive. Support from New Music USA will support Opera On Tap’s development activities in relation to our new music projects, including the Immersive Opera Project and New Brew.


NewEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble dedicates itself to commissioning and performing music of our time and providing listeners with unique and stimulating musical experiences that are rooted in artistic excellence and enhanced by educational opportunities.

Contemporary Classical

Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA)

Uniquely positioned in the world of classical music and opera, the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA)’s mission is dedicated in “Bringing Color to the Classics”™ in support of Black classical musicians, youth, senior citizens, opera singers, and others in the performing arts.

Orchestra 2001

Currently in its fourth decade, Orchestra 2001 has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum, and more; funds will support artistic, production, and administrative expenses for three of Orchestra 2001’s signature series: EMERGING MARKETS, presenting concerts in local markets where Philadelphians work and shop; ¡CONEXIONES!, highlighting music by Latin American composers; and JOURNEYS: Classical Music from the African Diaspora.

The American Opera Project

The American Opera Project’s mission is to develop and present new and innovative works of lyric theater, provide a creative home to emerging and established artists, and engage contemporary communities in a transformative operatic experience; support will go towards artist fees for workshops of projects in AOP's opera-incubator, First Chance.


Life/Art Dance Ensemble

Life/Art Dance Ensemble is a Colorado-based modern dance company, support will allow Life/Art to commission works from emerging local artists, adequately compensate them, and provide a platform for their work to be experienced.

Impulse New Music Festival

Impulse New Music Festival provides talented early-career musicians with critical tools, training, and mentorship for building a career in new music; this support will help advance the work done with music creators in our summer festival and workshops.

Contemporary Classical | Experimental

Traverse City Dance Project

The mission of the Traverse City Dance Project is to produce and present professional dance in Northern Michigan and beyond; funds will be used in support of our NewVo Fellowship program, through which the Traverse City Dance Project commissions and facilitates new collaborative works between choreographers and composers.

The Industry

The Industry is an experimental company that expands the operatic form, bringing together interdisciplinary artists to create collaborative performances that authentically engage the cultural landscape of LA; funding will support its ambitious upcoming programming schedule.

Experimental | Opera


Musiqa is a non-profit organization dedicated to the performance of contemporary chamber music; funding from will help the organization fulfill a commitment to the creation of new work and support for composers at every stage in their careers and providing an essential platform for diverse voices from around the nation.

Contemporary Classical

TAC Temescal Art Center

A community art space in Oakland, CA that supports experimental, community, and healing arts practices and provides the Bay Area with a “Room for Belonging” – a sanctuary space where non- binary and non-dominant ideas can flourish; funding will support the 25th season of TACmusic.


Young Dancemakers Company

"YDC is a unique, tuition-free summer dance ensemble of New York City teenagers, dedicated to creating and performing their own original work; funding will support the collaboration between professional composers and YDC’s teen choreographers as they work together on the creation of original music and dance, to be presented in concerts throughout NYC, free and open to the public. "

Contemporary Classical

The Philadelphia Jazz Tap Ensemble

The funds will assist in the production and performance of a new site-specific commission, Trouble the Water, which will premiere in August 2022 at the Fairmount Waterworks and then later in Fall 2022 at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Angel City Arts

Angel City Arts is committed to cultivating and revitalizing jazz culture in LA; funding will go towards the 2022 Angel City Jazz Festival, a vehicle to present the best contemporary West Coast jazz and beyond.


Crosstown Arts

Crosstown Arts is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts center located in Memphis, TN; funding will support the ongoing collaboration between Memphis-based Blueshift Ensemble and Iceberg New Music as well as growing its new music programming in its 2022-2023 season.


Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater

"AXCBT is rooted in a deep commitment to ballet and contemporary dance and cultivates an environment rooted in diversity, inspiration, encouragement, and equality; funds will be used for “The lost Princess of Oz,” a new Literary Ballet music score written by composer Chris Becker. "

Audium Theater

Audium- the first theater of its kind in the world- has been pioneering the idea of live sound movement for over 50 years; this grant will help expand Audium’s artist residency and featured artist programs, which commission local Bay Area artists to create original works of spatial sound and new media.

San José Chamber Orchestra

SJCO is a twenty-member professional string orchestra that champions living composers with a wide spectrum of ethnic and/or stylistic backgrounds; funds will support performance of new works during the 2022-23 season.

Contemporary Classical

International Contemporary Ensemble

ICE has become a leading force in new music throughout the last 20 years; funding will support work with eight composers who have been selected for new commissions through ICE’s “Call For ___” in-house commissioning program.


Khemia Ensemble

Khemia Ensemble is dedicated to reflecting broader perspectives in contemporary classical chamber music by presenting engaging performances, commissioning new works, and mentoring the next generation of musicians; funding will support 2022-23 season projects.


Lampo supports artists working in new music, experimental sound, and other interdisciplinary practices; this award will provide vital assistance to commission and produce more ambitious and complex new work.

Contemporary Classical | Experimental

Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound commissions, performs and records new music for large ensemble with the aim of moving contemporary music towards the center of today’s culture; funds will support Artist Fees for musicians, guest artists, and commissioned composers.

Contemporary Classical | Experimental

Chamber Dance Project

Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians (CDP,) mission is to create extraordinary experiences in contemporary ballet on stage with live music and in film; funds will support our artists – dancers and musicians for live performances and events.


andPlay is committed to expanding the existing violin/viola duo repertoire by commissioning new works and actively collaborating with living artists; funds will support andPlay’s administrative and organizational capacity for its 22-23 season.

Bowdoin International Music Festival

The Bowdoin International Music Festival is approaching its 60th anniversary as a world-renowned chamber music performance and training program; funding will help sustain and strengthen our annual Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, as well as move us closer towards our goal of fully-funding tuition for all composition students.

Contemporary Classical

Sandbox Percussion

This funding will help Sandbox to prioritize the time we spend creating and exploring with our collaborators. Through initiatives like our Creator Mentorship Program, we are able to set aside time and resources for workshops with creators, documentation of the works we’ve created, and public presentations of this music for our community of listeners.

Contemporary Classical