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2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards Announced

The ASCAP Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 15 to 30, and are selected through a juried national competition.

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Teddy Abrams

The Role of the Mentor

Music is one of the remaining professions where the master/pupil relationship still thrives, but it’s extraordinarily rare for the conductor/music director of a major city’s orchestra to make the effort to be a mentor to a young musician.

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John Wykoff

Speak Now: A Habit of Hearing

Helping society to cultivate a habit of hearing may be the timeliest goal a company of composers might undertake together today. I suggest that composers give up using their music to change people’s minds (their beliefs, opinions, and convictions). Music is poorly suited for that. But music is very well suited, or at least it can be, for helping people to change their habits, especially habits of thinking and perceiving.

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NewMusicBox Staff

Daugherty's Tales Of Hemingway Dominates New Music Grammy's

Michael Daugherty’s Tales Of Hemingway was the big new music winner at the 59th annual Grammy Awards celebration. Third Coast Percussion playing Steve Reich and John Corigliano’s The Ghosts Of Versailles also picked up trophies.

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Priya Parrotta

Ecological Wisdom, Living Soundscapes

The geopolitics of our time frequently divides the world’s people and ecologies into two categories: “center” and “periphery.” The world of global environmental politics is not particularly appreciative of the musics of the “periphery”—or of music in general, for that matter.

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Teddy Abrams

Our Second Festival of American Music

When I came to the Louisville Orchestra as music director, one of the first things I wanted to do was to think about ways of reconnecting with the orchestra’s heritage—incredible, almost unheard of numbers of commissions, world premieres, and recordings which were a result of an extraordinary partnership between the Louisville Orchestra and the city of Louisville.

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Tom Steenland

Forty Years in New Music

Having produced new music recordings for 40 years, I’ve seen some tectonic shifts in both the welcome expansion of the stylistic landscape of the music itself, as well as huge transformations in how new music is delivered to listeners.

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Molly Sheridan

Third New Music Gathering Announces May Line-Up

Percussionist Steven Schick, the International Contemporary Ensemble, New Music Detroit, and Michigan’s Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble have been announced as the headlining performers for the third annual New Music Gathering, this year slated for May 11–13, 2017, on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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Priya Parrotta

Listening in a Time of Climate Change

Perhaps it is music—the music of nature in particular—that can help us understand the practice of sustainability, and the means through which we can all participate in the co-creation of a more sustainable world.

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Frank J. Oteri

Avner Dorman: Point of View, Personal Choice, and Duty

For the Israeli-born American composer Avner Dorman, being true to his own personal artistic point of view has never meant remaining in any particular aesthetic comfort zone. His music is constantly evolving and he is constantly challenging himself to go places he has never gone before—even sometimes to places that are decidedly uncomfortable.

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Ravi Krishnaswami

Some Stuff I’ve Learned Writing Music for Advertising—Why I Keep Doing This

What really makes or breaks a relationship with a freelance composer working in the advertising business is the revision process. Composers who can make changes in a quick and friendly way rise to the top of the list, whereas those who constantly present resistance and debate fall to the bottom of the list.

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Kathy L. Scherler

The Empowering Art of Music

Teaching students who have allowed the art of music to deepen their sense of humanity has been a privilege. They shared the common bond of music and learned to celebrate their uniqueness while respecting the differences of others.

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Madison Goodwin

Five Timely Tax Tips for Musicians

January is a great time to get ready to file your income taxes. With some planning and good record keeping, tax filing can go very smoothly. And you can manage to keep a lot of the money you earned. Here are five major tips for keeping as much of your money as possible.

André Previn's four Oscars sit together on a table near the window in his living room.
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NewMusicBox Staff

And the 89th Academy Award Composer Nominees Are...

The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards have been announced, including nods in the category of best original score to composers Mica Levi, Justin Hurwitz, Nicholas Britell, Thomas Newman, and the team of Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka.

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Ravi Krishnaswami

Some Stuff I’ve Learned Writing Music for Advertising: References, Briefs, and Conference Calls

Being able to look at an underscoring assignment through the lens of theory is a huge head start to writing a piece of music that gets chosen and aired. Yet most clients I’ve worked with don’t have this vocabulary, nor do they often have any vocabulary about the building blocks of music.

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Mohammed Fairouz

Speak Now: Our Job as Composers Has Now Changed

I straddle the worlds of being a composer on the one hand but also a journalist and foreign policy commentator on the other. These things unite my passions, but today I can also see them being united in other ways.

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Kathy L. Scherler

Songs of Hope

Joe Fish Dupont, curator of the Kiowa Museum in Carnegie, Oklahoma, invited me to work with him on a project to preserve Kiowa children’s songs.

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NewMusicBox Staff

Matthew Browne Wins ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize

Matthew Browne has been named the recipient of the 37th annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize for his composition Cabinet of Curiosities (2015-16), an approximately 23-minute work for saxophone quartet and orchestra.

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Kristin Kuster

Speak Now: Turning Around, Turning Away, and Turning Over

Staying in a place of worry is reliable because it feels real, it comes naturally, it’s not something we have to work at. But when the worry creeps in, composer Kristin Kuster has found that its antidote is patience. And social media teaches us, and fosters in us, the precise opposite of patience.

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Meghann Wilhoite

Speak Now: It Is Time to Create

What change for good can I possibly effect with my distinctly non-political pieces? What can my small drop in the ocean of music do to help anyone at all?

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Ed Harsh

Speak Now: Amplifying Our Voices

The 2016 presidential election was a seismic event for the United States and the world. Today we’re introducing “Speak Now,” a series of posts by artists sharing what they’re thinking in their roles as creators and community members.

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NewMusicBox Staff

American Composers Orchestra Appoints Edward Yim as President

The American Composers Orchestra has announced the appointment of Edward Yim as president, effective February 21, 2017, succeeding Michael Geller who held the position from 1996 to 2016.

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Ravi Krishnaswami

Stuff I Learned Writing Music for Advertising—Problem Solver, Not Widget Maker

The road to the perfect score for a commercial involves a whole bunch of thinking that hasn’t been done yet. This is why the composer must become a partner in the creation of the whole piece of media.

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Kathy L. Scherler

Musical Minds

The Music and Memory program brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirmed through digital music technology. Staff and family members are trained to create and provide personalized playlists using portable media players that enable residents to connect with the world through music-triggered memories.

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NewMusicBox receives major support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and The ASCAP Foundation. NewMusicBox is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Amphion Foundation, Inc. Support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors.