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Marc D. Ostrow

Do You Have the Chutzpah to Take a Gamble on Fair Use?

Everything you’ve heard about fair use is probably wrong. It’s always a gamble as to whether something is or isn’t a fair use and, in my humble opinion, courts have recently shown a lot of chutzpah in making the determination.

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Jenny Olivia Johnson

My Neck, My Back: Composing through PTSD and Chronic Pain

A composer ventures into deeply personal territory, sharing her unique experience of sound, color, trauma, and the body.

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Ellen McSweeney

Productivity, Pressure, and the Power of Listening: Marcos Balter

In the first installment of our first-person series on music & mental health, Marcos Balter opens up about anxiety, composition deadlines, and each person’s singular path towards happiness.

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Kenneth Kirschner

Indeterminacy 2.0: How to Burn Your Harpsichord

Why should a recording be the same every time you listen to it? Until recently, this question wouldn’t even have made sense. But today there’s no reason why this must be the case.

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Ellen McSweeney

This Week: Musical Creativity and Mental Health

A series of interviews and essays on depression, anxiety, and making music.

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Frank J. Oteri

New Music USA's Six Submissions to the 2016 ISCM World Music Days

New Music USA has submitted six works for consideration in the 2016 ISCM World Music Days. All are works that received funding through our grantmaking programs and all are works composed since 2010.

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Sam Reising

Bernd Klug: traces of [dis]location

Brooklyn-based sound artist and composer Bernd Klug has turned the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York into a social musical instrument. His art installation, traces of [dis]location, spans three floors and uses the architectural structure of the building to create multiple points of engagement. traces of [dis]location runs until September 16 and is free and open to the public.… Read more »

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Marc D. Ostrow

Copyright Conundrums for Collaborators

Here’s a situation that’s commonly misunderstood among creative collaborators: Jack and Jill agree to write a song together. They call it “Tumblin’ Down the Hill.” Jack writes the music and Jill writes the lyrics. Who owns what?

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Matthew Guerrieri

Homage to Captain Swing

A provocative meditation on jazz, Western classical music, and the real power of being able to swing.

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Molly Sheridan

Sarah Kirkland Snider: The Full 360

In advance of the release of her second full-length album Unremembered, Sarah Kirkland Snider opens up about integrating disparate influences, embracing deeply emotional content, and the process of developing her signature works.

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NewMusicBox Staff

New Music Gathering 2016 Schedule Posted

Taking place January 7-9, 2016, at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, the focus of this year’s meeting will be on “Communities.”

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Robert Carl

Music After Life: Guiding Lights

One side of the survivability equation is the caution-to-the-wind embrace of a personal vision, fearless of the consequences, no matter how impractical. The other side thinks outside of the individual and looks at the times.

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Ruby Fulton

Sonic Uprising: Songs for Freddie Gray

Creative work in a time and place of crisis is essential to a community coping with tragedy and can become a necessary and powerful agent of change. If we truly believe that black lives matter, it’s essential that we commit to hearing what their voices have to say.

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Rachel J. Peters

When Do I Get to Stop Exposing Myself?

Some companies advertise the pieces we write for free as new commissions. I vote for an immediate end to this practice. By all means, call it a world premiere by the Next Important Composer of Our Time. Phrase it however you need to make it sound sexy and get butts in seats, but it is not a commission. It is unpaid labor from which others stand to gain.

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Robert Carl

Music After Life: Twists of Fate

The reputations of certain composers seem to be actually growing with time, even though conventional wisdom earlier on would have predicted just the opposite. They present one possible answer to the question of how music becomes “survivable.”

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Frank J. Oteri

NewMusicBox LIVE! Presents Joan Tower

To conclude our first NewMusicBox LIVE! event, we invited Joan Tower to share her some of her acerbic wit and wisdom with us. Joining her to perform two of her dazzling virtuoso solo compositions were rising star violinist Bella Hristova and the iconic new music pianist Ursula Oppens.

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Rachel J. Peters

Mister, Make Me a…Song?

Songs written for the stage are no longer the currency of mainstream musical engagement, yet “song” has become the default term for just about any piece of music under the sun. Is the word still meaningful to creators of new musical theater?

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NewMusicBox Staff

ICE Hires New Executive Director

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has announced that Vanessa Rose will be its new executive director as of September 1, 2015.

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Robert Carl

Music After Life: Posthumous Lessons

By now it’s more than a decade since Jonathan Kramer, George Rochberg, Ralph Shapey, and Iannis Xenakis have passed, so there is some time to assess where their art stands in their wake, even though it’s still very early in the eternity game.

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NewMusicBox Staff

New Detroit Symphony Streaming Service Filled with New Music

Today the Detroit Symphony became the first American orchestra to make its performance archive available on-demand. Among the 100 full-length works featured are pieces of music by 17 living composers.

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Molly Sheridan

NewMusicBox LIVE! presents Matana Roberts

Combining words and music, Matana Roberts recounts an experience that showcases the kindness of strangers and the instincts of an improviser.

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Rachel J. Peters

If the Medium Is the Message, Then Who Should Sing It?

Why is it so challenging to find the right singers to fit the bill, and is there value in writing for and/or casting singers who specialize in the “wrong” style as dictated by the form?

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Robert Carl

Music After Life: Searching for Survival

What’s the fate of our work after we’ve left the stage? Robert Carl explores making our music “survivable.”

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Ray Evanoff

Maintaining a Creative Life: New Orleans Edition

When you’re a far from the nation’s new music capitals, how to you build a vibrant creative life? When composer Ray Evanoff moved his life to New Orleans, this question became front and center.

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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.

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.