New Music USA Announces 100 More Awardees in its 10th Anniversary Year 

Written By

Jill Strominger

New Music USA is pleased to announce the selection of 100 organizational awardees as part of the 2022 Organizational Development Fund, with a total of $678,000 in funding being allocated to outstanding organizations across the nation that work regularly with, and support the development of, music creators and artists, offering a crucial resource to their community. This follows our announcement of $335,000 in funds to 112 creator awardees this spring through our Creator Development Fund. Both programs are part of New Music USA’s commitment to supporting at least 100 creators and 100 organizations – more than ever before – in honor of our 10th anniversary year.

Our grants for organizations aim to support and represent a broad range of applicants across different US cities and music genres. All 100 awardees meet the main criteria of artistry, impact, need, equity and inclusion. Grantees represent 27 states and receive an average award of $6,780. Twenty-eight more organizations are being supported this year than last year, as part of our 10th anniversary celebration.

New Music USA is committed to making all of our grant programs equitable by removing barriers in the application process and by consistently elevating and building connectivity between the artists and organizations who receive our support. Organizational Development Fund applicants were given straightforward guidelines, and awardees receive unrestricted funds that can be used for general operating costs supporting the organization’s regular programming of, and collaboration with, creators and artists based in the U.S. and U.S. territories. Awardees for 2021 were not eligible to apply for an award in 2022, ensuring that New Music USA funding could reach as many organizations as possible.

New Music USA’s peer review process for these grant applications reflects ongoing efforts to dismantle bias. For this round, which attracted 392 applications, New Music USA engaged a panel of 21 artists, creators, musicians, and administrators working from locations around the country, with 76% of panelists identifying as women and 38% identifying as BIPOC.

Vanessa Reed, President and CEO of New Music USA, says,

“We are proud to support these 100 impressive organizations, all of which have a deep and consistent impact on their communities of artists and music lovers. We can’t wait to see the exciting new music projects that these organizations will soon bring to life across so many different US states. We are also grateful for the work being done by of all of the organizations who applied this year, and their inspiring commitment to creating a future for new music.”


Congrats to the 2022 Organizational Development Fund Recipients! 
Learn more about the awardees and the program here.

  • ABREPASO flamenco — Rocky River, OH
  • Akropolis Reed Quintet — Northville, MI
  • Alarm Will Sound — Brooklyn, NY
  • Alphabet Rockers — Oakland, CA
  • American Lyric Theater — New York, NY
  • Americas Society — New York, NY
  • andPlay — New York, NY
  • Angel City Arts — Claremont, CA
  • Arts for Art — New York, NY
  • Arx Music Association — Seattle, WA
  • Audium — San Francisco, CA
  • Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater — Deal, NJ
  • Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center — Asheville, NC
  • BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance — New York, NY
  • Boise Phil — Boise, ID
  • Boulanger Initiative — Takoma Park, MD
  • Bowdoin International Music Festival — Brunswick, ME
  • Bowerbird — Philadelphia, PA
  • Brightwork newmusic — Pasadena, CA
  • Brooklyn Raga Massive — Brooklyn, NY
  • Castle of our Skins — Boston, MA
  • Chamber Dance Project — Washington D.C.
  • chatterbird — Nashville, TN
  • Classical Music Indy — Indianapolis, IN
  • Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) — Fort Washington, MD
  • Copland House — Peekskill, NY
  • Creative Music Studio — Woodstock, NY
  • Crosstown Arts — Memphis, TN
  • Dance and Music Festival — Washington, D.C.
  • El Paso Jazz Girls — El Paso, TX
  • Ensemble Pi — New York, NY
  • Experimental Sound Studio — Chicago, IL
  • Girls Rock Des Moines — Des Moines, IA
  • Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival — Southfield, MI
  • Guerilla Opera — Haverhill, MA
  • Harvestworks — New York, NY
  • Hypercube — Astoria, NY
  • Impulse New Music Festival — North Hollywood, CA
  • Institute for Composer Diversity — Fredonia, NY
  • International Contemporary Ensemble — Brooklyn, NY
  • Intersection — Nashville, TN
  • JACK Quartet — New York, NY
  • Jazz Power Initiative — New York, NY
  • Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project — New York, NY
  • Juventas New Music Ensemble — Boston, MA
  • Khemia Ensemble — Spanish Fork, UT
  • Kronos Quartet — San Francisco, CA
  • Lampo — Chicago, IL
  • LayeRhythm Productions, Inc. — New York, NY
  • Leela Institute — West Hills, CA
  • Life/Art Dance Ensemble — Northglenn, CO
  • Live the Spirit Residency — Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra — Los Angeles, CA
  • Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble — New York, NY
  • Mivos Quartet — Brooklyn, NY
  • MIXTAPE — Saint Paul, MN
  • Music From The Sole — New York, NY
  • Musiqa — Houston, TX
  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Inc. — New York, NY
  • Nameless Sound — Houston, TX
  • New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble — Albuquerque, NM
  • New York Kathak Festival — Flushing, NY
  • NewEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble — Kansas City, MO
  • nienteForte Contemporary Music — New Orleans, LA
  • Nimbus Arts Center / Nimbus Dance — Jersey City, NJ
  • Omaha Under the Radar — Omaha, NE
  • Opera on Tap — Brooklyn, NY
  • Orchestra 2001 — Philadelphia, PA
  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — New York, NY
  • Pathos Trio — Brooklyn, NY
  • PDC Works — Houston, TX
  • Periapsis Music and Dance — Brooklyn, NY
  • Piano Spheres — Los Angeles, CA
  • PRISM Quartet, Inc. — Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco Girls Chorus — San Francisco, CA
  • San José Chamber Orchestra — San José, CA
  • Sandbox Percussion — Brooklyn, NY
  • ShaLeigh Dance Works — Rougemont, NC
  • Sidra Bell Dance New York — White Plains, NY
  • Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater — North Miami, FL
  • Skaneateles Festival — Skaneateles, NY
  • Sō Percussion Summer Institute — Brooklyn, NY
  • staibdance, Inc. — Atlanta, GA
  • TAC Temescal Art Center — Oakland, CA
  • Talea Ensemble — New York, NY
  • The American Opera Project — Brooklyn, NY
  • The Dream Unfinished — Hollis, NY
  • The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab — Columbus, OH
  • The Industry — Los Angeles, CA
  • The Lab — San Francisco, CA
  • The Philadelphia Jazz Tap Ensemble — Philadelphia, PA
  • The West Kortright Centre — East Meredith, NY
  • Third Coast Percussion — Chicago, IL
  • Traverse City Dance Project — Traverse City, MI
  • Unison Arts — New Paltz, NY
  • Wildflower Composers — Philadelphia, PA
  • World Arts West — San Francisco, CA
  • World Music Institute, Inc — Brooklyn, NY
  • Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre — Brooklyn, NY
  • Young Dancemakers Company — Bronx, NY


Partnership Grants 
New Music USA also awards a small number of Partnership Grants to complement funding available through open calls and fixed deadlines. Recipients represent exceptional artist-led initiatives that align with the priorities of our Creator and Organizational Development Funds by providing music creators and individual artists with unique opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and peer learning. Congratulations to the organizations Luna Composition Lab and M³ (Mutual Mentorship for Musicians), which received awards to support their immersive and impactful work in the new music community. As was announced this spring with the 2022 Creator Development Fund recipients, creator Niloufar Nourbakhsh has also received a Partnership Grant to support her work with the ANIM Composition Residency.

Let’s Hear It for Our Panelists
We would like to extend our deep gratitude to the panelists who reviewed Organizational Development Fund applications: Rez Abbasi, Meghan Bennett, Susanna Bolle, Jennie Brown, Freddie Bryant, Danielle Buonaiuto, Tracy Fletcher, Lisa Giordano, Anne Hege, Susie Ibarra, Jennifer Jolley, Brooke Larimer, Laura Lentz, Jimmy López Bellido, Delaney Martin, Evis Sammoutis, Kamala Sankaram, Helen Simoneau, Nadia Sirota, Ciyadh Wells, and James Young.

Thank You to Our Funders  
New Music USA’s Organizational Development Fund is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Cheswatyr Foundation. Support for the Organizational Development Fund is also provided by contributions from the New Music USA endowment, and support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors. Find out more here.

New Music USA also acknowledges and is grateful for the support of its Endowment Donors, including the Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, Hewlett Foundation, Fidelity Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

Funding Transparency 
Both the New Music Creator Development Fund and the New Music Organizational Development Fund are made possible by the generous funders who either donated to our endowment or generously donate to New Music USA annually. Some of these funders had or have specific requests regarding the kinds of work we support because of their geographical location or particular genre areas, which includes around 50% of our funds going to New York-based artists or organizations. Please find more detailed breakdown info in our FAQs.

About New Music USA 
New Music USA supports and amplifies the sounds of tomorrow by nurturing the creation, performance, and appreciation of new music for adventurous listeners in the United States and beyond. We empower and connect US-based music makers, organizations, and audiences by providing funding through our grants; offering support and fostering new connections through our programs; deepening knowledge through our online magazine, NewMusicBox; and working as an advocate for the field. New Music USA envisions a thriving and equitable ecosystem for new music throughout the United States. Learn more at

Learn more about Organizational Development Fund here.


Top Image, L-R: Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater, credit Alana Roolart; Akropolis Reed Quintet, credit Jason Walker; Alphabet Rockers, credit Nino Fernandez.